Andrew White III isn’t the only member of his family shopping for a school.
White, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard/forward from Richmond, Va., who Thursday announced plans to transfer from Kansas University to a yet-to-be-determined locale, has a 6-foot brother — Andrien White — who is drawing looks from mid-major and major colleges.
“He already has been offered by four or five schools,” Andrew White said of Andrien, a junior point guard from Thomas Dale High in Chester, Va. “He’s going on the AAU circuit now with Team Loaded. They have a couple nationally ranked guys. He was in Dallas a couple weeks ago. We anticipate him getting some major recruiting news throughout the summer.
“He’s been playing really well, stepping in shoes of his own,” Andrew White added. “He’s not Andrew White’s little brother. He’s Andrien White. He’s really making a name for himself. I’ve been pushing hard for him. He’s definitely going to be able to go to school somewhere Div. I.”
Could Andrew and Andrien be playing for the same school someday?
“You never know, never know,” Andrew said.
Of Andrien, who is unranked in the recruiting class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Virginiapreps.com says: “Coming up through the ranks, Andrien has long been known as Andrew White’s younger brother. Andrew went on to star at Dale and Miller School before accepting a scholarship offer to play at Kansas. While Andrien may not have that kind of potential, he is a player that is making constant strides. In their semifinal win over DC Premier, he went a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line and had an aggressive move late that was key to the victory. White isn’t afraid to stick his nose in there for a rebound either, and is a confident handler with an intriguing build. He’s already a strong finisher and is now starting to play defense with a purpose. Going forward, working on his distributing skills so that he can set others up to score will be imperative.”
Sitting out a year not appealing: White, who played sparingly in his two seasons at KU, will be able to practice but not play in games during the 2014-15 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
“It’ll be tough because if I do end up having to sit out another year, that will be three years I’ve kind of been sheltered and under the radar,” White said. “I’m very optimistic about my basketball future. I believe when my time comes, it’ll be perfect timing.
“It’ll be tough to sit out. I don’t want to have to do that necessarily, (but) while I am sitting out I’ll be working as if I’m a star player. That’s something I think I did real well here. I only played a minute or two a game, but prepared every day like I was a starter here. That’s what’s going to take me a long way in my basketball career.”
Injury didn’t help: White, who suffered a hip pointer at practice on Dec. 12, missed three straight games. Prior to the injury, he’d been getting some playing time, logging 19 minutes against Louisiana at Monroe, 14 against Towson, 17 against Wake Forest and nine against Villanova.
“I’m not a big excuse maker. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn’t (affect him negatively),” White said. “There’s not one big excuse or reason why (he didn’t play). Coach (Bill Self) is a great coach. He has reasons for everything he does. It’s not in my power to go against him. I have to do what’s best for me. I’m not going to use the hip pointer as an excuse even though it did maybe cause me to miss a game or two.”
White on how the transfer process was set in motion: “Coach and I talked on a couple occasions man-to-man. I told him how I felt. The conversation with him I had is I’d given my all to the program. I had worked, stuck with it, stayed optimistic about my opportunity to play. Did he think I’d be able to have more of a role? I honestly felt I earned some playing time. His response to that is we have a talented team and he’s not going to make any promises.
“There’s no bad blood with the coaches. I still love the coaches, I love the guys, I love this program. It’s a matter of making the tough decision and doing what’s best for me and my family. I didn’t do it in spite of anybody here. I just want to do what’s best for me and my family.”
Good grades: Whichever school lands White will land a good student.
“I am a little under an A student,” he said. “I’ve been on the academic honor roll. I hold up strongly in school.”