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Transfer looking to rock with NU

Transfer looking to rock with NU

Miles thinks ex-Jayhawk wing Andrew White III can be 'an impact guy'

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About three hours after securing a basketball commitment for the Class of 2017, Nebraska nailed down a potential cornerstone to its Class of 2015.

It's someone who played two years at Kansas — yes, the longtime-power-Jayhawks of Kansas.

Andrew White III made his transfer from KU to Nebraska official early Monday afternoon, one week before classes start in Lincoln. The Huskers survived a late run from Maryland to land the 6-foot-7, 220-pound wing from Richmond, Virginia.

"I believe he can be an impact guy for us," NU coach Tim Miles said. "He has pro potential, and reminds me of Paul Pierce (a former Kansas All-American). Andrew has been involved in the elite levels of high school, AAU and college basketball, and that will continue."

White's decision came shortly after 15-year-old Omaha South sophomore Aguek Arop revealed he would become a Husker in three years.

In a phone interview Monday afternoon from Virginia, White said Miles' vision for him personally and the program sold him on Nebraska.

"He has 'young' energy," White said. "How bad those coaches want it — that was a big part in me coming there.

"They aren't taking this past year of just getting to the NCAA tourney for granted. They want more. The whole staff wants more, and buys into what they are doing."

Until mid-June, White said, he knew "little to none" about Nebraska basketball.

But the Huskers had an "in." Assistant coach Kenya Hunter had a previous relationship with White while trying to recruit him to his previous stop, Georgetown.

White eventually visited Nebraska, Notre Dame and Maryland. He said he didn't intend for his decision to run deep into August, but also wanted to deliberate carefully.

"With me taking so long," White said, "I knew Nebraska was there in the beginning.

They recruited me hard for three months, and never let their foot off the gas. When others got discouraged, they stuck with me."

Miles said there was no reason to blink.

"I really liked getting to know Andrew throughout the process," the coach said. "He is mature and thoughtful."

As per transfer rules, White will sit out the coming season, then have two years of eligibility beginning in 2015-16.

"The coaches think, with my three years there, that I can be a pro, which is the ultimate goal," White said. "As a team, we can make a big run and compete for the Big Ten title."

In high school, White averaged 22.9 points and 10 rebounds, earning Virginia player of the year honors at the Miller School in Charlottesville. ESPNU100 rated him No. 48 nationally and rivals.com ranked him No. 51.

White picked Kansas over, among others, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Texas and Georgetown.

At Kansas, White averaged 5.0 minutes of playing time in 25 games as a freshman and 5.9 minutes in 19 games as a sophomore. His action dropped as KU recruited multiple McDonald's All-Americans at his position.

KU coach Bill Self has said he was "definitely disappointed" to lose White.

"We respect everything about Andrew," Self told The Lawrence Journal-World. "He will always be welcome in any capacity coming back to the University of Kansas because we think that highly of him."

White is the second Nebraska signee who will become eligible in 2015-16. The first was 6-8, 220-pound high school forward Michael Jacobson of Waukee, Iowa.

Nebraska still has three scholarships open for the Class of 2015. One target — 6-4 guard Landry Shamet of Kansas City, Missouri — said Monday he has narrowed his list to Kansas State, Wichita State, Illinois and Colorado.

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402-444-1024, lee.barfknecht@owh.com twitter.com/leebeeowh

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