By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss guard Terrico White finished basketball season on a high note. Now he’ll see if that momentum will carry into the NBA draft.
He will not hire an agent, a move that preserves his college eligibility if he chooses to remove his name from consideration on or before May 8.
A projected first-round pick before his sophomore season, White has been projected as a late-first round or early second-round selection recently.
“I have decided to enter the NBA Draft and explore the possibilities that are out there for me as a player,” said White, who averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. “I want to go through the process to see where I could be drafted, but I’m not hiring an agent, so I can return to Ole Miss for my junior season.”
White became more aggressive offensively near the end of the season, pushing his scoring average higher by averaging 21 points in four NIT games.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had spoken with White and his family – with point guard Chris Warren and his family also – and anticipated White’s decision.
“My staff and I fully support Terrico as he is going through this process,” Kennedy said. “We encouraged him to utilize this process in hopes of him gaining valuable insight and experience.”
Warren, the SEC’s third-leading scorer at 17.2 points a game and one of the league’s top 3-point shooters, is expected to explore his draft value through an NBA advisory committee.
White, a 6-foot-5 Memphis native, carried the Rebels during his freshman season after Warren and guards Eniel Polynice and Trevor Gaskins had sustained season-ending knee injuries.
White averaged 13.7 points overall but excelled against SEC teams, averaging 18.4 points and 2.9 made 3-pointers.
He gained further attention last summer as a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. U19 national team, which won the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships.