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Syracuse Transfer Target Andrew White Talks About Departure From Nebraska

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The grad transfer opens up about why he decided to leave the Huskers program.

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Andrew White III is currently having what we assume is a good time in East Lansing as he visits with the Michigan State Spartans. White recently visited the Syracuse Orange and it's assumed that both schools will be high on his list of potential destinations when he decides where he's transferring to from the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

As for why he's transferring, it wasn't always entirely clear but White spoke with MLive's Brendan F. Quinn and laid all his cards on the table.

According to White, he met with Miles prior to making his decision and expressed concern both in his role on the team and the Huskers' chances to compete and win in 2016-17. The fallout, he says, turned sour.

"It was interpreted as a slap in the face, as if I was saying I didn't believe in the program, my teammates or the coaching staff," White said. "Really, I was just thinking about best-case scenario and worst-case scenario for everybody. I think that's something a lot of people do.

"When I was expressing those concerns, I thought that being one of the older guys (on the Nebraska team) would kind of put me in a place where I could talk about those things. So I talked to Tim Miles and he expressed his thoughts about me. We're grown men and we had the right to have some differences in opinion.

"Ultimately, that's what kind of sparked my decision. I didn't want to be in a situation where there was a bridge burned and I wouldn't be able to do what I dreamed of doing. So I thought it was best for both parties to move on in another direction."

White said he wanted a day to tell his teammates and friends that he was going to transfer but the news convienently leaked before he had a chance to do so. He understands that he comes with a certain amount of baggage as a two-time transfer but he's trying not to let it get to him.

"People are going think you have some baggage with you or some problems or some issues," he said. "But I'm confident in who I am as a person and as a player. I mean, I'm just trying to keep in perspective what's really important -- and that's being the best student and player that I can be and trying to win."

As for what is ultimately going to tip the scales for White on where he decides to play...

"I've seen all the bells and whistles. What will really make or break my decision is what the basketball situation will be."

Syracuse seems to offer a pretty good basketball situation, if you ask me. We'll see what White thinks soon enough.