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2008 Basketball Preview: Decensae White

Prior Evaluations:

Decensae White

  • Number: 13
  • Position: Guard/Forward
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 200
  • Year for 2008: Sophomore
Min. Pts. Reb. Ast. TO Stl. Blk. FG% 3FG% FT%
13.8 4.5 2.2 0.5 1.0 0.4 0.2 .486 .522 .600

The Evaluation

  • Offense: White saw an increase in minutes played as the season progressed and in fact averaged 19 minutes a game over his last 9 games. That's saying a lot for a freshman and for Coach Knight. I think much of of the reason why he played is because he offered Knight that versatile forward who could guard a number of positions and was active offensively. White's breakout game game against Kansas State where he played 25 minutes, had 11 points and 7 rebounds. For the most part, Decensae was an effective player in the sense that he didn't necessarily need to have the ball in his hands to score. White seemed to find the ball around the rim, and was one of the few players who was effective around the basket.

    After almost an entire season of not shooting a three-point shot, White proved to be a fairly effective three-point shooter towards the end of the year and made 9-17 in that 9 game stretch.

    As mentioned above, White was most effective in and around the basket and always seemed to be putting back a shot or converting a three-point play.

    When given the opportunity, White performs and he contributes. The other thing that I noticed last year was that White was not afraid to take a shot, which says a lot about his confidence and his willingness to take a shot. I like that type of attitude and was certainly appreciative of the fact that he didn't always feel the need to defer to the more established players.

  • Defense: As versatile as White was offensively, I think that the main reason why White played as much as he did was because he was more versatile as a defender.

    I love White's game defensively. He has the ability to guard perimeter players very effectively. Because of his length he is able to keep offensive players in front of him.

    On the post, White his quickness is his best attribute as he is always battling for position. White's best attribute is

  • 2008 Expectations: My expectations for White are through the roof. There's so much potential for White to take a starting position, which would give Tech a ton of options on the perimeter because of his size.

    There are a couple of things that I'd love to see White improve upon in the offseason.

    • Be able to score off of a screen
    • Improve ball-handling
    • Improve perimeter shot

    I'd love to see White get at least 20 minutes a game next year while averaging 10 points a game. His minutes, as well as Voskuil's, also are going to be dependent on how talented the current crop of players are (Singletary and Roberts) and whether or not he/they can hold them off. I really want White to succeed here and am looking forward to how he improves his game.