Well, well, well, lookie here! After this morning’s announcement that 2017 Omaha South sophomore Aguek Arop had committed, it was already a big day for Nebraska basketball. Now, just a couple of hours later we learn the much anticipated announcement where the transfer from Kansas prized land, has indeed been made. Andrew White III has indeed committed to the University of Nebraska selecting the Huskers over new Big Ten rival Maryland.
Kansas transfer Andrew White has committed to Nebraska, multiple sources told @CBSSports. Two years of eligbility remaining. Story coming.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 18, 2014
Coming out of high school, White was the 42nd best player in the country according to Scout in 2011. Had he committed out of high school, that would have been the highest rated player in school history by a wide margin, but instead he went to Kansas, a recruiting juggernaut, where he was stuck behind the likes of Andrew Wiggins. Kansas also has Wayne Selden, a 5 star player coming out of high school and is bring in touted recruits Kelly Obure and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a phenom out of Ukraine. The writing was on the wall for White and he decided to transfer.
The Richmond, VA native took his time and let very few people in, making his recruitment difficult to follow. At 6’6" and 210 lbs, he is looked to be the natural replacement for All-Big Ten player Terran Petteway. White will have to redshirt the 2014-15 season before hitting the court for the Huskers in 2015-16.
Kenya Hunter led the recruitment effort after building a relationship with White while he was at Georgetown. But this commitment also helps cement the sea change in attitude around Nebraska basketball on the national landscape. For Nebraska to be able to have a player of this perceived caliber to listen to what the Huskers have to offer, much get him to commit speaks to the shape the program is in. Excitement continues to build for the upcoming 2014-15 season as the Huskers are coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years, this does nothing to slow that down.