Each day leading up to Orange Madness we will be releasing our player previews for the 2016-2017 Syracuse basketball season. Today’s player preview: Andrew White
Once Andrew White announced his intention to transfer from Nebraska, he quickly became one of the most followed stories in college basketball. Syracuse seemed like an ideal fit for White, so much so that he arguably became the biggest offseason storyline in Syracuse basketball history.
By now you know how the story played out and you know White’s history. With White now in the fold for Syracuse, what can we expect from the fifth-year senior?
White will vie for a starting position at either the two guard or either forward position. He’ll help Syracuse in the shooting department and should play an upwards of 28 minutes per game. White is extremely long and athletic (you get the theme here) and has in-the-gym range.
His game is a hybrid of Demetris Nichols and James Southerland. He prefers the long ball — his height, length and his release are similar to Southerland — but is also capable of taking it off the bounce for a one dribble pull up. Expect White to take more threes than 15-footers, but his mid range game is apropos of D-Nic.
The challenge for White will be shot selection and passing the ball when his shot isn’t available. He should learn the system rather quickly. He’s been through four years of college basketball with two different programs prior to Syracuse. He’ll have no issue adjusting.