Bulls looking at FAU transfer forward White
In addition to Baltimore high school guard Sam Cassell Jr., USF coach Stan Heath will have another recruit on campus for a visit this weekend in Kore White, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward who would be a graduate transfer from Florida Atlantic.
White (his first name is pronounced like "Corey") averaged 7.7 points and a team-best 4.5 rebounds for the Owls (11-19) last season, and 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 2010-11. He started his career at Marshall, but transferred after one season. He'll graduate in May with a degree in sociology, allowing him to transfer and play his final season immediately.
"I saw (USF) had a good year this year and looked into what they were losing (to graduation). I felt like I could fit in and help a team that's already pretty good," said White, who is also considering DePaul, LaSalle and Florida Gulf Coast and intends to visit his other options before making his decision.
White, who won a state title at Fort Lauderdale's Dillard High in 2008, would give the Bulls depth where they need it most, having lost seniors Ron Anderson and Augustus Gilchrist from this year's team. USF has forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick returning as a senior, with centers Waverly Austin and Jordan Omogbehin and forward Zach LeDay in their first seasons in 2012-13. White said he's known Fitzpatrick since they played in AAU tournaments in high school. He said he thinks of Gilchrist as a player whose style matches his own as much as any player in college basketball.
When FAU beat USF in Boca Raton in 2010, White played well, getting 11 points and six rebounds in the Owls' 50-42 win. USF beat FAU in Tampa this season, with White scoring seven points in that game. He had a season-high 23 points late in the season in a double-overtime win against North Texas.
White acknowledged that he was transferring because of differences between himself and Owls coach Mike Jarvis. When his departure was announced, Jarvis told FAUowlaccess.com that "it was mutually agreed upon that he needs to move on. I'm ready to end this relationship and so is he."
"It just didn't work out between us," White said. "I thought it was time for a change."