White 'excited' to join Iowa hoops in 2011

Published: October 4 2010 | 2:07 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 5:52 am in

Aaron White announced to the world he was an Iowa Hawkeye via Facebook on Monday afternoon.

Minutes later the 6-foot-6 forward from Strongsville, Ohio continued his excitement in private interviews with reporters.

"I'm great. It's the best day of my life," White said.

White became Iowa's second commitment for the 2011 class, following Cedar Rapids Washington guard Josh Oglesby. White averaged 18.8 points a game last year and said new Coach Fran McCaffery's track record of turning around programs was crucial in making his decision.

"I'm confident with what he's done in the past and how successful he's been as a coach," White said. "Plus the atmosphere of playing Michigan State and Ohio State ... I'm so excited."

White said he's slated to play both forward positions at Iowa but could move to the off-guard position if the team uses a match-up zone on defense. White visisted Iowa on Sept. 3 and was shown around campus by sophomore point guard Cully Payne.

"I love the kids, the team," he said. "Cully Payne showed me around, and they have a really good team. Everyone is someone I’d like to hang out with."

White also said his best friend is Strongsville tight end and basketball player Ray Hamilton, a recent Iowa football commit. White said Hamilton didn't apply any pressure but the tight end was excited when he heard the news.

"We've been friends since the second grade," White said. "He's excited, and I'm excited."

With commitments by Oglesby and White, Iowa will have two available scholarships for the 2011-12 season and has 10 players under scholarship for this season.

Among the other players considering Iowa is David Kravish, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Lee's Summit (Mo.) North. Kravish has Iowa, Colorado and California as his final three, according to HawkeyeReport.com's Tom Kakert. Forward Tyler Harris (6-foot-7) from Newark, N.J. visited Iowa on Sept. 25. Harris took an official visit at North Carolina State last weekend and also has interest in Providence and St. John's.

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