Nebraska’s Andrew White III has decided to transfer from the school.
The 6-7 guard was the team’s top rebounder and second leading scorer this season, averaging 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds.
In the 2016 Big Ten Tournament, White averaged 17.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 46 percent from 3-point range.
“I spoke with Andrew last evening in which he asked me how he can proceed with a release from Nebraska,” coach Tim Miles said via a statement on Sunday. “There have been discussions with Andrew and his father about Andrew’s place in our program for months, and this is his decision.”
“Even though I am extremely disappointed, he will be given a complete release as the logistics are handled this week,” added Miles. “We will move on. I am truly excited about our team and next season.”
Speculation is that White, who declared for the draft before pulling out, is leaving because he has heard from scouts that he could have a better chance to be a first round pick in the NBA if he plays on a college team that has a chance to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska was16-18 this season and only 6-12 in the Big Ten.
“Andrew desperately wants to win,” his father Andrew White Jr. told omaha.com. “There’s a correlation between winning and getting to the next level.”
Before coming to Nebraska this season, White played two years at Kansas.
ESPN’s No. 11 ranked small forward coming out of high school, White averaged 22.9 points and 10 rebounds for the Miller School (Charlottesville, VA) as a senior, when he was named the Virginia State Player of the Year.
He originally was recruited by the likes of Texas, NC State, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Richmond, and West Virginia.
A graduate transfer, White will be eligible to play immediately next season without having to sit out a year.
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