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Thu. December 10, 2009 | Bob Putnam | Email

Clearwater forward Okaro White, the Times 2009 player of the year, is expected to make his season debut Friday against Dunedin.

White, a senior, missed the Tornadoes’ first two games against Boca Ciega and Arlington Country Day because of a sprained ankle he suffered in practice nearly a month ago.

He was supposed to return last week, but was suspended for two games (Gibbs and St. Petersburg) for arguing with officials at the end of the Boca Ciega game. White also was held out of Tuesday’s game against Palm Harbor University because of a violation of team rules, according to Clearwater coach Allen Carden.

At 6-foot-9, White is one of the most imposing figures in the county. Last season, he averaged 20.8 points per game and led the Tornadoes to the Class 5A state championship game. Clearwater has missed his presence in the paint and is off to a 2-3 start.

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