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Strengths: Despite being undersized for the power forward position, White’s body has several physical traits that help him offset his average size with long arms and a short neck that enable him to maximize his body length … Decent runner of the court … Does an excellent job establishing position in the post … Gets his body wide to give his teammates a big target to pass into … Excellent pair of hands that are uniquely strong enough to secure loose balls but remain soft enough to catch passes without bobbling them … Owns a quality mid-range shot 14 feet from the basket … Enjoys physical play in that he looks to use is physicality to draw fouls from opposing defenders for free throw opportunities … Underrated passer whose court vision prevents double teams by quickly passing before they occur … Even more important is White’s understanding to keep the ball high when posting up his defender … Back to the basket game has developed considerably where he has a nice turnaround jumper and a jump hook that he can convert in heavy traffic … Proficient rebounder who does a great job locating the ball and boxing out in his area … Defensively, White disrupts most forwards from being able to set up in the post by denying position … Works hard and shows great effort staying in-between his man and the basket … Rarely plays out of his comfort level - seems to understand what his limitations are and does not usually try to exceed them … Plays the game with tremendous toughness in that White will play through injuries … Excellent finisher around the basket …

Weaknesses: Undersized for the power forward position, while listed at 6-9 White is closer to 6-8 … Health will be a concern as he has a history of being injury prone … Lacks a great deal of upside to continue growing as a player … While White has good range on his jump shot, he lacks consistency when shooting from mid-range … Athletically, he isn’t nearly as explosive as he once was due to the numerous injuries he has suffered throughout his career … Rebounding balls out of his position has improved tremendously this season, but remains a work in progress partly because his agility isn’t great … Back to the basket moves can be rendered useless if he has to match-up to an opposing defender that can match his physicality and athleticism … While an above average shot blocker on the collegiate level, White’s lack of explosiveness could prevent him from repeating the same numbers in the NBA … Doesn’t always play with the mean streak or aggressiveness you like to see in a power forward - although this wasn’t as big of a issue this season, there were still moments where he was passive …

Matthew Maurer - 4/21/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Indiana

29

57.2

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70.9

0.5

2.2

4.9

0.8

13.3

2005-06 Indiana

5

52.8

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57.1

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1.4

6.0

1.0

9.2

2006-07 Indiana

32

51.2

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68.5

0.9

2.3

7.3

1.3

13.8

2007-08 Indiana

33

60.5

33.3

68.9

0.8

1.6

10.3

0.8

17.4

DIV I Totals

99

56.1

33.3

68.8

0.7

2.0

7.5

1.0

14.6

 

 

Comments   

0 #2 Guest 2008-05-08 10:35
Surprisingly, IU went to DJ in the clutch last year rather than the erratic eric godon. He is a rebounding machine with an unstoppable hook shot that never fails him. And he is STRONG!!
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0 #1 Guest 2008-03-07 03:53
This 6-9 forward is a physical specimen in terms of strength. D.j can score down low and has improve to the big ten player of the year.
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