|DraftExpress: Top NBA Prospects in the Big Ten, 16-20: http://t.co/M82XO0sT - Derrick Nix, Tim Hardaway Jr, Jared Berggren, Devyn Marble and Aaron White|
H: 6' 8"|
W: 225 lbs
(21 Years Old)
|Rank 36 in NCAA Juniors ||
High School: Strongsville
Hometown: Strongsville, OH
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big Ten, Part Five (#16-20)|
September 15, 2012
Not a highly touted recruit out of high school, Aaron White made the most of his freshman year at Iowa. White was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team as he helped the Hawkeyes bounce back from 10 and 11 win seasons the previous two years to post an 18-17 season and make a short run in the NIT.
White started off the season fairly slow, averaging 7.4 points per game over his first 10 games. His conditioning looked to improve as the season went on and his play picked up accordingly, culminating in an NIT run where he averaged 23.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game in 33 minutes.
White measures in at 6'8", which is undersized for a player who at this stage looks to project almost exclusively as a power forward. Showing a frame that should fill out in time, along with long arms, and intriguing fluidity and agility, White has some solid tools to work with from a physical standpoint. He runs the floor well and is able to finish with authority on the move, even though it looks like he would be well served to add some lower body strength to help him make better use of his talent on both ends of the floor.
White gets a good portion of his offense from hustle plays. He shows a consistently outstanding effort level on both ends of the court and gets rewarded by way of transition baskets, offensive rebounds, and cuts to the basket. White is relatively fast in transition and has good hands, making him a solid target to fill a lane on the fast break. He's a very active offensive rebounder, and is able to gather control of the ball quickly, wasting little time and chance for defenders to gather themselves.
White shows potential as a jump shooter, and his form out to 15-17 feet looks solid and consistent. It begins to break down the further away from the basket he gets, and he has had some trouble extending that out to collegiate three point range, shooting just 27.9% on the season from beyond the arc. Since nearly 75% of his jump shots have come from three point range according to Synergy Sports Technology, that has overall left him fairly inefficient as a jump shooter, but the potential is there if he is able to extend his range out a few more feet.
White looks comfortable putting the ball on the floor, particularly with his left hand. He has neither the first step nor the advanced ball handling moves to create much offense for himself in the half-court, but if his perimeter jump shot becomes more reliable he is able to put one or two dribbles together to make a defender pay for an over-aggressive close out.
As a finisher around the rim, White has solid touch and is good in open spaces, but at times struggles to finish through contact or over taller defenders. He also struggles to establish deep post position, and doesn't look all that comfortable on the block when he gets there. He does have a right handed hook that he uses successfully on occasion but would need to add some lower body strength to establish position to post-up with regularity, even at the collegiate level. With that said, he has a quick second bounce and is regularly able to play above the rim in the open court, so there is plenty of hope that he can continue to improve his scoring ability in the half-court as he continues to develop.
On the defensive side of the ball, White has some hurdles to overcome if he wants to see court time in the NBA. His overall technique looks solid and the effort is there, but he doesn't move his feet very well laterally and as such will struggle to defend face-up 4's against the pick and roll. His lack of lower body strength is once again readily evident when defending post-up players, and the combination of allowing deep position and not having the size to alter shots is a major concern when projecting him to the next level.
Aaron White exceeded expectations last year and has put himself on the map of NBA executives with his strong freshman season. If he can extend his range, and continue to improve his frame and overall skill-level, White can increase his role in the Hawkeyes offensive scheme and garner more consideration from decision makers at the next level. Right now he looks like a sure bet to develop into one of the more productive big men in the Big Ten conference in the next year or two, but it will take some more time to learn just how big his upside is long term.
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