|2 James White
One of the most exciting players to ever put on a Gator uniform… Great in the open court… Explosive dunker… Exceptional athlete who can get to the glass… Also a good passer… Plays with tremendous passion and energy…
AS A FRESHMAN - Saw action at both the off guard and small forward… Also saw some spot duty at the point… The first sub off the bench a team-high 14 times… Played in 30 games (all but Arkansas) with two starts (LSU and Georgia)… Scored in double figures four times… Led UF in assists three times… Had 11 dunks… Made his first collegiate start against LSU… .Had a block or steal in 22 of 30 games… Had a career-high 18 points at Tennessee on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range… Also had career-high eight rebounds vs. Tennessee… Nailed a key three pointer with 51 seconds against the Vols to bring the Gators within one… Shot 12-of-19 (.632) from the field and 6-of-8 (.750) from beyond the arc in the first three SEC games… Was 11-of-17 (.647) in the New Hampshire and Tulane game… Shot 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament… Blocked three shots vs. Arizona… Had a career-high four steals vs. New Hampshire… Averaged 8.2 ppg in seven January games… Shot .452 from beyond the arc on the road… Also participated in the high jump during the 2002 outdoor track and field season…
PREP - 2001 McDonald's All-American… Was the runner up in the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk contest, losing to teammate David Lee, the first Slam Dunk contest he has ever lost… Ranked among the top three small forwards in the nation by The Sporting News… Attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham (Va.) as a senior… Led his team to a 25-1 record against mostly junior colleges and junior varsities of four-year institutions… Averaged 18.0 ppg and six rpg as a senior… Played for Kevin Keatts at Hargrave… Averaged 23.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 3.6 apg at Newport High School (Kensington, Md.) as a junior… Named Maryland High School Player of the Year as a junior… Also played at Newport as a sophomore after his freshman season at Blue Ridge High School… .Shot 46 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the foul line… Team was 30-12 and private school state champion… . Played for coach Chris Chaney at Newport… Also a sprinter and long jumper in track and field… Orally committed to the Gators on August 10, 2000… .
PERSONAL - Born James White IV… Father, James White III, runs a distribution machine for the United States Post Office near his hometown of Derwood, Maryland… Dunked for the first time as a 12-year old… Nicknamed "Flight"… Has defeated DerMaar Johnson and Kelvin Torbett in Slam Dunk Contests… Wears number 21 because he was born on October 21st, 1982… Connected on 9-of-13 from the field in the McDonald's All-Star Game to finish with 19 points… Roomed with teammate Kwame Brown at the McDonald's All-American game… Attended Florida Basketball Camp in the summer of 2000… .Had 22 points with eight rebounds and eight assists in Roundball Classic.
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White Game Highs
Season 18, Tennessee (1/9/02)
Season 8, Tennessee (1/9/02)
Season 6,2x last vs. Tennessee(1/9/02)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 10, last vs. Charlotte (12/15/01)
Season 3, 2x last vs. Creighton (3/15/02)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 5, 2x, last vs. UNO (12/22/01)
Season 4, vs. UNO (12/22/01)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 7, Ole Mis (2/16/02)
Season 5, vs. High Point (12/18)
Season 4, New Hampshire (11/28/01)
Season 3, Arizona (11/09/01)
Season 30, Tennessee (1/9/02)
|Times led UF in Assists||3||3|
|Double Figure Scoring Games||4||4|
|Final Three Minutes from Line||2-6||2-6|
What They Are Saying About James White…
"There is a lot more basketball to be played. That was the main thing I wanted James White to understand. You can't let a season go down the drain because of a couple of bad plays."
Udonis Haslem on James White after the Alabama loss
"(White) has a lot more basketball to play in his life. He's just a freshman. When I think about it, I wish I could do it all over again. There's probably some things I would have done differently. But the worst thing he could do would be to let his season go to waste for one play."
Udonis Haslem on James White after the Alabama loss
"I think what happened to James White may have been the best thing that could've happened to him. Obviously I hate losing the game, but I know when he shoots free throws at practice, he will take them a little bit more seriously than in the past. When we work on special game situations in practice, there will be more of a different focus."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Feb. 25th, 2002 after James White missed free throw attempt at Alabama
"The one thing those guys bring is an understanding of how to play. They have picked up our system and our style of play as quick as anybody that's been here. I really thought that Mike (Miller), Teddy (Dupay) and Udonis (Haslem) and LaDarius (Halton), that group was really good at picking it up. This group may be better."
Billy Donovan on David Lee and James White on Jan. 19, 2002
"They're not like most freshmen, where they'll come in and won't know how to play at this level, this pace and will do a lot of stupid things on offense."
Matt Bonner on David Lee and James White on Jan. 19, 2002
"He's a complete player. He brings a tremendous energy to their team."
Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings on Jan. 12, 2002
"When you see the highlights, its always going to be the dunks and stuff. A big part of my game is passing. It's always been there in my game, it's just not highlighted. On a team like this where you got great players like Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson, and good shooters, you can always find a way to pass."
James White on Jan. 12, 2002
"Physically, they are so gifted that it makes up for a lot of stuff. I think the mental part of the game they're starting to understand a lot better, starting to get what coach wants out of them."
Brett Nelson on the 2001 freshmen (David Lee and James White) on October 24, 2001
"James White believes he can fly. He's right."
Ben Osborne, Slam Magazine in May of 2001
"James White makes dunks I believed only Vince Carter could make."
Chris Chaney, White's former coach at the Newport school in Kensington, Md.
"He is such an explosive athlete. You're not going to find a better runner and jumper in the country. He's a guy who handles it, passes it and shoots it very well. There have not been too many guys that I've seen in high school that leave the floor and do the things he can do."
Billy Donovan in November of 2000
Off The Court with James White…
- Born James White IV
- Father, James White III, runs a distribution machine for the United States Post Office near his hometown of Derwood, Maryland
- Dunked for the first time as a 12-year old
- Nicknamed "Flight"
- Has defeated DerMaar Johnson and Kelvin Torbett in Slam Dunk Contests
- Wore number 21 in high school because he was born on October 21st, 1982
- Roomed with Kwame Brown at the McDonald's All-American game
- Cousin of Rodney White, formerly of Charlotte and now with the Detroit Pistons
- Named to Slam Magazine's 50 Greatest Dunkers of All-Time (No. 24) in December of 2001
- Teammates of Rodney White and Rodney Brewer as a sophomore at Newport High School