Is this D.J.’s last year at IU?

  • 07/19/2007 7:58 pm in

white.jpegD.J. White has the option to come back for a fifth year at IU if he so desires. But will he?

Well, Kelvin Sampson doesn’t seem to think so. From Andy Katz at the WWL:

Although listed as a senior, White could return to Indiana next season after receiving that medical redshirt year, but that’s an unlikely proposition, Sampson said.

“But if the year plays out the way it should, then that should be a moot point,” Sampson said of White likely declaring for the draft after this season. Indiana lists White as a senior on the Web site because it’s his fourth year in school.

D.J. White’s career has been slowed by injuries, which have contributed to his return to Indiana for a fourth year.

“It’s nice to know that if something happens, he can come back,” Sampson said. “But everyone anticipates he’ll have a great senior year.”

I’d have to think Sampson’s feelings are the general consensus here. It’s going to be harder for teams to double-down on White this year with Eric Gordon lurking around out on the perimeter, which means D.J. will get the opportunity to showcase his stuff more. And, regardless of Gordon or not, White is in position to make some real noise in the Big Ten and beyond. But can he play himself into a first-round lock? Or better yet, a lottery pick?

Eh, much too early to tell. But with White recently working his way onto the Pan Am team, I certainly wouldn’t rule it out either.

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  • Big A

    Solid analysis R and I think DJ, not Gordon, is the key to IU getting to the Final Four next year. Don’t get me wrong, Gordon will be great, but the Hoosiers need D.J. to dominate the interior in order to have a well-balanced attack. You can’t rely on a perimeter game if you want to make a deep run in the tourney. One bad shooting night and you’re done. We all saw how badly IU struggled against UCLA last season when the three’s weren’t falling and UCLA shut down the paint.

  • Big A

    Solid analysis R and I think DJ, not Gordon, is the key to IU getting to the Final Four next year. Don’t get me wrong, Gordon will be great, but the Hoosiers need D.J. to dominate the interior in order to have a well-balanced attack. You can’t rely on a perimeter game if you want to make a deep run in the tourney. One bad shooting night and you’re done. We all saw how badly IU struggled against UCLA last season when the three’s weren’t falling and UCLA shut down the paint.

  • Zach

    I just can’t wait to see how the defenses figure out who they’re going to guard. It’s nice having a presence in the paint with DJ and everywhere else with EJ.

    The past few years, defenses have had to just choose an area to prevent, and the offense would struggle to find an answer the rest of the way.

    And to the question of the post, I can’t see DJ sticking around a fifth year. I believe he’s starting the year with a spot at the end of the first round of the draft, and he can only improve his positioning if things go as planned.

  • Zach

    I just can’t wait to see how the defenses figure out who they’re going to guard. It’s nice having a presence in the paint with DJ and everywhere else with EJ.

    The past few years, defenses have had to just choose an area to prevent, and the offense would struggle to find an answer the rest of the way.

    And to the question of the post, I can’t see DJ sticking around a fifth year. I believe he’s starting the year with a spot at the end of the first round of the draft, and he can only improve his positioning if things go as planned.

  • Newt

    I can see EJ picked in the the top 3. I can see DJ being picked in the top 15 of the NBA Draft.

    The best part of it is that it will help recruiting. If kids see 2 Hoosiers drafted in the top 15, we’ll start attracting all the top talent especially with new facilities.

    I do want a successful program and would like to continue to recruit the 4 year player from Indiana. I don’t IU to becaome an NBA springboard like other schools. It hurts our storied tradition.

  • Newt

    I can see EJ picked in the the top 3. I can see DJ being picked in the top 15 of the NBA Draft.

    The best part of it is that it will help recruiting. If kids see 2 Hoosiers drafted in the top 15, we’ll start attracting all the top talent especially with new facilities.

    I do want a successful program and would like to continue to recruit the 4 year player from Indiana. I don’t IU to becaome an NBA springboard like other schools. It hurts our storied tradition.

  • Anton

    Not winning championships is hurting our tradition more than having top talent go to the NBA early. Take the best players at the positions you need and fill the rest with quality role players. Also, foster an environment where Indiana’s best preps would die before they consider playing anywhere but IU. I’d take Indiana’s top three high schoolers out of each class over any other group in the country regardless of when they want to go to the NBA.

  • Anton

    Not winning championships is hurting our tradition more than having top talent go to the NBA early. Take the best players at the positions you need and fill the rest with quality role players. Also, foster an environment where Indiana’s best preps would die before they consider playing anywhere but IU. I’d take Indiana’s top three high schoolers out of each class over any other group in the country regardless of when they want to go to the NBA.

  • Newt

    Anton I completely agree with keeping Indiana kids at home.

  • Newt

    Anton I completely agree with keeping Indiana kids at home.

  • Paul Newbill

    EJ will be a top pick, but I think DJ may fall. Players of his caliber, athletic ability and size are a dime a dozen. Along with his injury prowess he would be well advised to stay in school!

  • Paul Newbill

    EJ will be a top pick, but I think DJ may fall. Players of his caliber, athletic ability and size are a dime a dozen. Along with his injury prowess he would be well advised to stay in school!

  • Big A

    I think with a good year, DJ can play himself into being a first round pick. Any higher than 20th overall could be a bit optimistic.

  • Big A

    I think with a good year, DJ can play himself into being a first round pick. Any higher than 20th overall could be a bit optimistic.