The Big 10 just got its fifth commitment from Ohio’s Class of 2011 as
Strongsville’s Aaron White verbally committed to Iowa yesterday
afternoon. White will join fellow 2011 Big 10 commits Trey Burke
(Michigan), Travis Trice Jr. (Mighigan State), Traevon Jackson
(Wisconsin), and Trey Lewis (Penn State). He couldn’t be happier.
The Big 10 just got its fifth commitment from Ohio’s Class of 2011 as Strongsville’s Aaron White verbally committed to Iowa yesterday afternoon.
White will join fellow 2011 Big 10 commits Trey Burke (Michigan), Travis Trice Jr. (Mighigan State), Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), and Trey Lewis (Penn State).
After recruiting the state of Ohio very hard, first-year Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery landed the highly talented White.
For White, he couldn’t be happier.
“Everything they had to offer,” White noted. “Coach (Fran) McCaffery has been successful everywhere he has gone and the atmosphere in the Big 10 is just unbelievable. I’ve been getting calls from everyone right now.”
The decision is a huge weight lifted off White’s shoulders heading into his senior campaign.
“Oh, my gosh, you wouldn’t believe,” White relayed. “It is such a relief. I couldn’t really sleep well. Everyone kept asking me what I was going to do. I’m glad this decision has been made and I’m really happy with it.”
White selected the Hawkeyes over Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, Boston College, and Northwestern.
White averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists points per game as a junior for Strongsville. He also, and more importantly, holds a 3.2 GPA.
White is now looking forward to his senior season.
“As a team, our goal is to go as far as we can,” the Strongsville senior mentioned. “I have played with these kids since 2nd grade. We should be pretty good.”
Strongsville will also benefit from the return of Iowa football commit, Ray Hamilton. Hamitlon missed basketball season last year with an injury. The 6-foot-5 defensive end and White have a special bond.
“Ray and I are best friends, so it’s neat we get the opportunity to go to Iowa together,” White said. “He always told me to do what I wanted, but we both thought it would be cool to go together. It was an added comfort knowing he will be there.”
White is ecstatic about his decision, but knows he has a lot of work to do before he gets ready for the rigors of the Big 10.
“I need to work on my strength,” stated the bouncy wing forward. “I need to put on a lot of weight to play in the Big 10 night in and night out. I will probably get a personal trainer here real soon. Secondly, I need to work on my ball handling skills because I will be a swing forward in the Big 10.”