Iowa basketball fans are going to like this Aaron White kid. Just one game into his college career, that already is obvious.
White debuted Friday night with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance against Chicago State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. As far as Iowa officials can tell, it’s the highest scoring total ever by a Hawkeye freshman in his first game and it’s the first time an Iowa player has debuted with a double-double since Jess Settles did it in 1993.
But the performance was more workmanlike than spectacular. White isn’t the kind oif player who is going to scare opponents when he steps on the court. He’s a fairly average looking 6-foot-8 kid who doesn’t seem to possess great quickness and exceptional leaping ability. He just works very hard and seems to do everything right. He has tremendous instincts and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
You can tell Iowa fans already have taken a liking to him. The kid got a standing ovation when he left the game Friday.
It remains to be seen exactly what White’s role will be as the season unfolds. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him get his first career start Monday against North Carolina A&T since senior Devon Archie doesn’t really provide the Hawkeyes with much at either end of the court. But once senior Andrew Brommer gets healthy, he probably will take over as the starting center, leaving the Hawkeyes free to use White as a jolt of instant energy off the bench. However they use him, the kid already is well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.