October 4, 2010

White picks the Hawkeyes

Aaron White knew a couple of days ago that he wanted to be a Hawkeye. On Monday afternoon he made the call that made it official when he called Coach Fran McCaffery and gave him his verbal commitment.

"I called him after school today to let him know that I wanted to be a Hawkeye," White said. "I had kind of decided about two days ago, but I wanted to sleep on it a couple of days. Coach McCaffery was really happy and kept telling me how awesome it was to have me on the team with Josh (Oglesby), who had committed last week."

The 6-foot-7 forward from Strongsville, Ohio picked the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Duquesne, one of his final two choices, and St. Bonaventure. White was sold not only on the opportunity to play in the Big Ten, but most importantly, his faith in Iowa's new head coach.

"It was because of Coach McCaffery and the success that he has had wherever he has been and the confidence he has that he will build the Iowa program back in the Big Ten. That really sold me."

White is a classic swingman type forward who could play a variety of positions at the collegiate level and that was also very appealing to him, along with Iowa's style of play under Coach McCaffery.

"I'll probably play the three and maybe a little four early on, more three as a freshman, but I anticipate that I will get stronger over the next four years," White said. "As I improve my ball skills, perhaps I could play a little two depending on the lineup from what Coach McCaffery has said. He thinks that with my length I could be a matchup problem for other teams."

In addition to Coach McCaffery being thrilled with the news this afternoon, White's high school basketball teammate and close friend, Ray Hamilton was also excited with the news this afternoon. Hamilton is a highly recruited tight end prospect who has already verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.

"He saw that I put it up on Facebook that I was going to be a Hawkeye. He texted me and said congratulations and this is going to be the best four years of our lives. I agree with him. I can't wait. He's going to do his thing with Iowa Football and we are going to get Iowa Basketball back where it belongs."

White is the second known verbal commitment for Coach Fran McCaffery in the Class of 2011. Iowa has two scholarships that remain open in that class.

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