D.J. explodes for 22 as U.S. surprises Argentina

  • 07/28/2007 1:19 pm in

D.J. WhiteAlthough the U.S. will not medal in the Pan American Games, Indiana Basketball fans certainly have something to be excited about. That something would be the play of D.J. White.

With his team out of medal contention following disappointing loses to Uruguay and Panana, White led the the way with 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots as the U.S. downed Argentina, 74-71 on Friday night.

Here’s what the I.U. senior-to-be had to say about the performance:

I think we played more as a team. Coach [Wright] said earlier today to play inside-out with me and big Roy. I just got it going. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball towards the end of the game as I got hot. So, I give all the credit to my point guards for looking at me down the stretch.

I think since we got knocked out of medal contention, we played with more of a sense of pride. I think this was our best effort so far – as far as playing together as a team, sharing the ball and playing together on defense. That’s what made us win tonight.

While you can blame the two U.S losses on several things (poor guard play and lack of cohesiveness immediately come to mind), you can’t dispute the fact that D.J. has been the best player on the roster. It looks like he’s finally come full circle in his battle to become 100% percent and will be ready to lead the march towards San Antonio in 2008.

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  • Zach

    I’m so glad DJ is back.

  • Zach

    I’m so glad DJ is back.

  • i’m starting to think that my prediction of eric gordon winning big 10 player of the year might change. dj white is simply erupting. go hoosiers

  • i’m starting to think that my prediction of eric gordon winning big 10 player of the year might change. dj white is simply erupting. go hoosiers

  • Big A

    I think the early favorites are Drew Neitzel and D.J. White. Gordon would need to average 18-20 per game and have IU win the Big 10 to have a legitimate chance. When was the last time a freshman won Big 10 Player of the Year? Has it ever happened?

  • Big A

    I think the early favorites are Drew Neitzel and D.J. White. Gordon would need to average 18-20 per game and have IU win the Big 10 to have a legitimate chance. When was the last time a freshman won Big 10 Player of the Year? Has it ever happened?

  • Big A

    I think the early favorites are Drew Neitzel and D.J. White. Gordon would need to average 18-20 per game and have IU win the Big 10 to have a legitimate chance. When was the last time a freshman won Big 10 Player of the Year? Has it ever happened?

  • well oden didn’t. so i’m not sure. possibly isaiah thomas? i doubt it, because he was here 2 years. but maybe. there has got to be a website with past winners listed.

  • well oden didn’t. so i’m not sure. possibly isaiah thomas? i doubt it, because he was here 2 years. but maybe. there has got to be a website with past winners listed.

  • bootsie white

    big dog robinson scored a ton as a freshman.

    dude from gary could give you 20 every night

  • bootsie white

    big dog robinson scored a ton as a freshman.

    dude from gary could give you 20 every night

  • bootsie white

    big dog robinson scored a ton as a freshman.

    dude from gary could give you 20 every night

  • mike

    iu fans are in for a real treat this season. with the best inside-out combo in the big ten (if not the nation) dj and eric “air” gordon are going to tear apart the others…

  • mike

    iu fans are in for a real treat this season. with the best inside-out combo in the big ten (if not the nation) dj and eric “air” gordon are going to tear apart the others…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Man he could kick the doors in and finish the fight.