UALR Transfer James White’s Top 5 Includes Georgia.
That’s the good news, but the bad news is that White has four other schools that serve as competition. Once the Tevin Mack drama is over and he finally signs with Texas, we can move on and get a graduate transfer post and James White is the guy Fox and his staff want. Whether they get him is another story. This is why we should be pursuing another graduate transfer post just in case James White falls through, but the staff oozes confidence.
The Texas staff is selling Tevin Mack this weekend…
Tevin Mack was too tall to fit in the frame with Coach Smart. The rest of the basketball coaching staff was present. pic.twitter.com/8s4oPUavd8
— Josh Pearson (@40SeminoleAcres) May 8, 2015
Mark Fox is playing golf with the Tip-Off Club as if he had something in the bag…
— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) May 8, 2015
Take it for what you will. Either Fox is overconfident and will repeat history here OR Fox knows something that we all do not.
It is interesting that James White took a visit up to Boston College, which of course has scholarship space to burn. Shawntrez Davis, a former UGA target, is really loving the prospects of possibly going to Boston College. Davis could play right away and he enjoyed his visit up to Chestnut Hill. The Crystal Ball projectors at 247 Sports have given Boston College the significant edge here in his recruitment. Davis could start and so could James White at Boston College. The downside with Boston College is that their depth is going to be so poor that someone like a James White would languish and not taste a chance of a winning season in his final year of eligibility.
The other three schools that made the cut for James White are: Alabama, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. This is very similar to some of the old recruiting battles Georgia had back during the Dennis Felton era and early Mark Fox era for High School recruits. If Clemson were in the fold, it would be even more reminiscent of those recruiting battles!
Has scholarship space and will have limited depth next season because two scholarship spots will be occupied by talent that are transferring into the program and thus have to sit out a year. Alabama will only have 11 scholarship players to use in games next season. Avery Johnson has two more scholarships to give for the 2015-16 Season and for the purposes of proper scholarship distribution would be wise to bring in a pair of graduate transfers.
Alabama’s post depth consists of decent talent, but it is certainly not overloaded. Shannon Hale and Jimmie Taylor are talented underachievers in the post and James White will likely have to beat them out for playing time. Michael Kessens should improve on his past season as well. White could definitely see 20-25 minutes of action in the post just alternating both post spots. Donta Hall’s contributions as a freshman are unknown, but he will likely not cut into White’s playing time should White choose to go to Alabama.
James White could see time at the 3 spot for Tide as well. The depth in the backcourt is very shallow. Retin Obasohan, Justin Coleman and freshman Dazon Ingram are their backcourt. Brandon Austin is likely going to be used at the Shooting Guard spot as well. James White would make a very good utility player that could play three different positions on the floor. White could certainly get his share of playing time on the floor, but Alabama does not appear to be a postseason threat because of their current depth.
The North Avenue Trade School is circling the drain as a program. Their major selling point of being the place to play college hoops in Atlanta is now watered down because of the success of nearby Georgia State. Guys like D’Marcus Simonds would have previously chosen to go to Tech, but now Georgia State is considered a better option. Brian Gregory was not fired simply because Tech did not want to pay three coaches at once.
Georgia Tech has their academic program to sell though. White graduated with a degree in Health Education Promotion from UALR, he could get his Masters in a concentration found at the Health Systems Institute at Tech. UGA also has a College of Public Health and offers a Masters in Public Health.
Georgia Tech certainly has space for James White, but where would they put him and would White be comfortable possibly coming off the bench for Nick Jacobs or Charles Mitchell. White would not start over Marcus Georges-Hunt at the 3 spot and Quinton Stephens has established himself as the backup for Georges-Hunt.
Georgia Tech’s highlight last season was beating a UGA team that had no defensive identity in November. Tech lost 16 of their last 19, which happened to be their conference season and sole postseason tournament game (ACC Tournament).
Travis Ford is an enigmatic coach that seems to just get enough results from his program, but now the locals are getting restless. This is a team that last season lost to South Carolina in an embarrassing fashion, lost to TCU and lost 7 of their last 8 games. Yet, they beat Kansas, swept Baylor and Texas and whipped Tulsa on a neutral floor.
James White could step right in and start right away. Oklahoma State lost a lot of talent from last season’s team. Jernard Jarreau will also be on this team as well. White and Jarreau would be a good frontcourt for Travis Ford, but how good could this team actually be? The infusion of Jarreau and White would be a spark, but behind them are unproven talent. The backcourt is Newberry, Forte and the hope and the prayer that Jawun Evans is an instant contributor. Ford is on the hot seat and White would not know if he is joining a revival tour or a death march through an always difficult Big XII.
These are the things that James White is going to consider when looking at his Top 5.