Syracuse basketball received some good news on Sunday as Nebraska graduate transfer Andrew White committed to the Orange, a source tells Scout. The commitment was first reported by RVA Game Break.
White’s commitment, combined with the addition of top 100 big Taurean Thompson last month, likely finalizes Syracuse’s roster for the 2016-17 season.
White’s recruitment after deciding to transfer from the Cornhuskers was an interesting one. He visited Syracuse first, as was first broken when he posted pictures on his Snapchat account from inside the Melo Center.
From there, White visited Michigan State and Miami. Local program VCU was also in the mix throughout. Despite that, Syracuse was the favorite during the entire recruitment.
The addition of White is a significant one for the Orange. After losing Malachi Richardson to the NBA, adding a 6-foot-7, sharpshooting wing adds talent and depth to the roster. It especially shores up the backcourt, where Syracuse only had three scholarship players on the roster prior to White’s decision.
White gives Syracuse a big time outside shooting threat, length, a natural scorer, quality athlete and positional versatility. The Nebraska transfer can play shooting guard or small forward, allowing the Orange to use a plethora of lineups depending on the situation. He also gives Syracuse another long athlete to place in the zone, and he has shown the ability to be a quality defender.
At Nebraska, White averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He made 87 three-pointers while shooting 41.2% from distance. White also shot over 48% from the floor overall and over 77% from the charity stripe.
The addition of White and the 2016 recruiting class gives Syracuse 10 quality players, all of whom could see minutes this season. It will also have Syracuse fans thinking about another potential run in March. Can the Orange make back to back Final Fours for the first time in program history?