Posts Tagged ‘Aaron White’

Freshmen hard to gauge so far

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

It’s too early to form any concrete opinions about Iowa’s incoming freshman class.

Based on the first game,, against Chicago State, Iowa fans would be giddy over what they can ex-pect to see of Aaron White, Josh Oglesby and Gabe Olaseni. Their combined totals for that game: 31 points and 16 rebounds in 46 minutes.

In game 2 against North Carolina A&T: 2 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Olaseni didn’t even play in that game because coach Fran McCaffery worried how the 6-foot-10 England native would deal with A&T’s frenetic pressure defense. White didn’t handle it all that well, scoring just two points after debuting with a 19-point, 10 rebound effort. McCaffery later said he regretted not using Oglesby and White more in that contest just to expose them to that sort of game.

As good as White looked in that first game, don’t be surprised if Oglesby ends up being the one who makes the largest impact this season.

The Cedar Rapids Washington grad has yet to show the perimeter shooting skills he is expected to provide – he is 1 for 8 from 3-point range – but he has looked very calm and controlled. He has dealt out six assists and turned the ball over just once.

And McCaffery knows the kid is going to start hitting shots. He’s most concerned with making sure he keeps launching shots.

“I screamed at him ‘You’re not shooting’ a couple of times when he didn’t take a shot the other night …’’ McCaffery said. “You’ve got to have amnesia. If you miss the first three, then make the next three. If you miss four, make the next four. It’s difficult for him because he’s never been that kind of player.

“When he’s open he’s got the green light,’’ McCaffery added. “I don’t want him even thinking about it. I don’t care if he’s missed 10 in a row; take the 11th.’’

Fans already love Aaron White

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

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.