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Former Duke men's basketball captain Jack White signs in Australia's NBL

White was known for his leadership and scrappy play during his four years in Durham.
White was known for his leadership and scrappy play during his four years in Durham.

Jack White may not be an NBA prospect, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a future in professional basketball.

The two-time Blue Devil captain reached an agreement with the Melbourne United of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL), signing a three-year contract. White, a Traralgon, Australia native, graduated from Duke this past spring after averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game across four seasons.

"Jack was just the best teammate ever," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a Wednesday press release. "A hard worker—came to work every day. One of the easiest kids to coach that I've had the opportunity to coach in my 45 years as a collegiate coach. He is a top-notch defender, rebounder and shot blocker. He does all the dirty work. Offensively, he'll be able to add and stretch a defense because he can hit his outside shot."

The NBL is well-known for playing host to LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton this past season as they played out their required post-high school year before declaring for the NBA Draft. White was pursued by multiple of the league's teams before ultimately signing with the United, who lost in the league semifinals this past March.

"Jack is an exciting young prospect who has incredible potential, so to have him choose Melbourne United, and commit with a long-term deal is fantastic," United head coach Dean Vickerman said in the release. "He is a leader, highly intelligent and a very hard worker. We believe Jack will have a strong impact both on and off the court and we are eager to help him grow as a player and person within our club's system and culture."

The NBL regular season is scheduled to begin this October.

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