OMAHA, Neb. – Former Wichita State forward Jake White will transfer into the Omaha men’s basketball program in 2013-14, head coach Derrin Hansen announced Monday.
White is a 6-8, 230-pound forward who played two seasons at WSU after a decorated career at Chaska High School. In compliance with NCAA transfer rules, he will sit out the 2013-14 season at UNO and will be eligible to play again in 2014-15.
White was part of the Wichita State squad that went to the 2013 NCAA Final Four, and he shot a perfect 2-for-2 at the free throw line in the opener against eventual national champion Louisville. White also recorded five points and three rebounds against Gonzaga, helping the Shockers knock off the top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Bulldogs to advance to the Sweet 16. As a sophomore, he averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds over 10.9 minutes off the bench with 47 percent shooting from the field.
“We’re excited that Jake White will join the Maverick basketball family in 2013-14,” Hansen said. “His experience at Wichita State playing deep in the NCAA Tournament and at the Final Four will give us a player perspective on the floor that we have not had to this point.”
White’s true freshman season at WSU saw him appear in 21 games, averaging 2.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 7.0 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 10 points against Southern Illinois and pulled down a career-best eight boards against SIU and Chicago State. White also had a standout performance at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, where he shot 3-for-5 for seven points, along with six rebounds, in nine minutes of play. His efforts helped Wichita State to the 2012 MVC regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance .
At Chaska High School, White earned fourth-team All-America honors from Parade Magazine, was a second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press and garnered first-team All-Metro accolades. He averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a senior, as well as 21.4 points and 10.4 boards as a junior.
“Jake had a tremendous high school career in the Minneapolis area,” Hansen said. “He will now bring us help and experience on the front line. Even with Jake’s size, he is a multi-dimensional player who can score inside and outside, and his skill set will be beneficial to the way we play.”