Former Kansas University guard Andrew White III, who sat out last season at Nebraska in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, will make his unofficial Husker debut on a four-game trip to Spain that starts on Aug. 16.
“It’s real exciting for me just because I’ve been eyeing this trip moreso than my first season coming up,” White, a 6-7 junior-to-be from Richmond, Virginia, told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “I knew this was the first thing in the road as far as my career getting started off at Nebraska.”
The 220-pound White averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game his sophomore season (2013-14) at KU. He hit 44.1 percent of his shots, including eight of 25 threes for 32 percent.
His ability to go on amazing shooting streaks in practice has not yet translated into games on the college level.
“Andrew is one kid I’ve coached in a long time that can — first of all, every time he gets a good look, you think it’s going in, and second of all, he can take a bad pass, catch it, and make a shot,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles told the Journal-Star.
“Third of all, he can look like he’s out of rhythm and still make a shot. That’s kind of a trifecta for shooters. If you can pull that off, you’re in pretty good shape.”
White is a certain starter for the Huskers, whose 28.4 percent mark from three-point distance last season ranked No. 337 out of 345 NCAA Div. I teams.
“I feel like a completely different player,” the 22-year-old White told the Omaha World-Herald.
White’s brother plays ball, too: White’s brother, Andrien, has signed a letter-of-intent with first-year UNC Charlotte coach Mark Price. White, a 6-3 point guard not ranked by Rivals.com, averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game his senior year at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He chose Charlotte over Western Kentucky, Richmond, Austin Peay, Stetson and others.
KU on Herard list: Schnider Herard, a 6-10 senior center from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas who is ranked No. 41 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, has cut his list of schools to 10: KU, Texas, Texas Tech, SMU, Purdue, Mississippi State, Indiana, Alabama, Arizona and Cal.
“I’m a big man so that is where you have to stay — on the blocks every time,” Herard, a native of Haiti who has been in the U.S. since August 2012, told Peegs.com. “That’s where you can get easy buckets.”
“There’s something to be said about big guys who like to play at the rim and play with power,” Eric Bossi of Rivals.com told Peegs.com.
Hamidou Diallo offered: Kansas has offered a scholarship to Hamidou Diallo, a 6-4 junior shooting guard from Putnam (Connecticut) High, according to Zagsblog.com. Diallo, who is not related to KU freshman Cheick Diallo, averaged 19.5 ppg at the recent Adidas Nations tourney in California. He’s ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2017.
He’s also considering UConn, Florida, Villanova, Maryland, Louisville, N.C. State, Indiana, Seton Hall, Iowa State, UMass, Minnesota and Providence.
No change regarding Cheick: Bill Self told the J-W last weekend there’s no change in the status of Cheick Diallo, whose academic records from Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York, are being considered by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Center used to be known as the Clearinghouse.
Self told the J-W that Diallo has enrolled at KU and passed six hours of coursework taken during second session of summer school.
“The issue in question here is Diallo’s prep school, Our Savior New American School, which is located on the eastern side of Long Island. Did the coursework Diallo endure while at OSNAS qualify him for immediate eligibility at KU? It seems no, but the NCAA is still going through the case and deciding,” wrote CBSsports.com’s Matt Norlander.
If the Eligibility Center does ultimately deem Diallo ineligible, KU has a right to appeal with any new information gathered. Thus the process still could take an extended period of time. KU would obviously hope to have everything decided by the start of practice in early October. Late Night in the Phog is Oct. 9.
Oubre signs with adidas: Former KU guard Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Washington Wizards has signed a shoe deal with adidas, Nick DePaula of Nice Kicks reports. No details of the contract were announced.