By Steve Hunt
Special to the Journal
DALLAS – Since leaving Ole Miss after his sophomore year in 2010, Terrico White’s basketball travels have taken him to Detroit, New Orleans, Boise and most recently to Serbia.
But the 2009 SEC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year when he averaged 15.7 and 3.4 rebounds for the Rebels is now hoping to find a home with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
The 23-year-old off guard is on Dallas’ Summer League roster and had four points, three rebounds and one assist in his first game for the Mavericks on Saturday but is no stranger to the NBA Summer League, also having played there in 2010 with Detroit.
“I need to just really show that I have matured and just really show them that my game has gotten better, that I’ve gotten better on the defensive and offensive end,” White said. “Just really be more assertive on both ends of the court. My motor has got to be running at all times.”
A second-round pick of the Pistons in 2010, he was cut by Detroit that fall. In 2011, he was with the New Orleans Pelicans during preseason but was again cut, which led him to play in the NBA Development League, where he averaged 18.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18 games for the Idaho Stampede in 2010-11 before spending last season in Serbia.
“Overall, it was a good experience,” White said of his time abroad. “Just added some stuff to my game from the international standpoint. The rules over there are kind of different. I just tried to add that to my game. I got better as a person and as a player.”
And since there wasn’t much to do off the court, he spent countless hours in the gym working on his game and he hopes his experience overseas, which he feels helped him mature on and off the court, will help lead to a spot on an NBA roster.
Dallas is currently retooling its roster after missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons, which White knows represents a great opportunity for him to make a favorable impression on the Mavs coaching staff.
“Yeah, that’s why I’m here. That’s why my agent sent me here, because there’s a lot of spots open. It’s a very big opportunity,” he said. “I’m just trying to work hard in Summer League. Hopefully they invite me to camp, sign me out of Summer League or whatever.”
Steve Hunt is a freelance writer based in Frisco, Texas.