It’s Official: Mike White will redshirt

  • 11/19/2007 9:01 pm in

mike_white.jpgThis seemed to be an almost foregone conclusion with him riding the pine the entire first two games of the regular season, but now, straight from Kelvin Sampson’s mouth we have official word: Mike White will redshirt this season. It was confirmed by the coach tonight on his “Inside IU Basketball with Kelvin Sampson” radio show. (Thanks to ITH reader Big T, who attended the show, for the heads-up on this one.)

The Hoosier Scoop live-blogged Sampson’s show tonight and they have the same information as well. So, what does this mean? Well, I suppose Sampson might be worried about depth up front next season and saw fit to hold on the White for that very reason. White had a few flashes of brilliance last season. He can defend and block shots well enough, but his offensive game could stand a little polish as could his free throw shooting. He’s strong, yet undersized for his position. Hopefully he can improve and provide a spark off the bench next season even though he’s getting zero in-game experience this year.

Lastly, I know the scholarship situation was a cause of concern for some of you out there. Here’s how I understand it. Taking a glance at Peegs’ scholarship numbers — which factors in White for next year — we’d have all 12 of our scholarships eaten up. (We lost one because of the coaching staff’s impermissible phone call debacle.) However, that chart also figures Eric Gordon into the mix for next season, which, as we all sadly know, probably ain’t gonna happen.

So, presumably, if Sampson wanted to go out and get someone during the spring period for the 2008-09 class, he could. Or, we could hold pat and have one open, as we do this season. I’d be willing to bet IU just sticks with the four we have coming in for next season, because Gordon’s possible going pro announcement might come after the signing period.

Thoughts on this, ITH faithful?

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  • ray

    i’m pleased to hear this. i think with an additional year of practicing with this year’s team, mike white will provide much more solid play next year. i hope it benefits him well.

    good luck mike, and we’ll see you next year!

  • ray

    i’m pleased to hear this. i think with an additional year of practicing with this year’s team, mike white will provide much more solid play next year. i hope it benefits him well.

    good luck mike, and we’ll see you next year!

  • TXIU

    With the 3 scholarships in ’09-’10, is IU focusing on Dexter Strickland and Lance Stephenson? I know it’s a dream, but could you imagine an IU team with EJ, Ebanks, Strickland & Stephenson?

  • TXIU

    With the 3 scholarships in ’09-’10, is IU focusing on Dexter Strickland and Lance Stephenson? I know it’s a dream, but could you imagine an IU team with EJ, Ebanks, Strickland & Stephenson?

  • Zach

    Dicky V likes Eric Gordon, Coach K, and DiGiorno pizza.

    http://espn.go.com/dickvitale/071119weekly%20awards.html

  • Zach

    Dicky V likes Eric Gordon, Coach K, and DiGiorno pizza.

    http://espn.go.com/dickvitale/071119weekly%20awards.html

  • nealE

    txiu, that isn’t even a dream. that’s 3 generations of iu teams right there, if we get strickland or stephenson. a dream would be 2 generations overlapping. that right there, my friend, would be heaven. and i’m not ready for the world to end.

  • nealE

    txiu, that isn’t even a dream. that’s 3 generations of iu teams right there, if we get strickland or stephenson. a dream would be 2 generations overlapping. that right there, my friend, would be heaven. and i’m not ready for the world to end.

  • Jude

    I am alittle curious as to what advantage there is to not play with all the available scholarships. Would somebody help clear this up. Why not give a one year scholarhip to one of the non-scholarship players on the roster? I am assuming that a less-talented/less-recruited player is not offered a (four-year) scholarship so that in future years there are more available to recruit more desirable players. I are any of my assumptions on track? Could someboby answer these recruiting and scholarship questions.

  • Jude

    I am alittle curious as to what advantage there is to not play with all the available scholarships. Would somebody help clear this up. Why not give a one year scholarhip to one of the non-scholarship players on the roster? I am assuming that a less-talented/less-recruited player is not offered a (four-year) scholarship so that in future years there are more available to recruit more desirable players. I are any of my assumptions on track? Could someboby answer these recruiting and scholarship questions.

  • Abraham

    I apologize if I sound pessimistic, but that empty scholarship may not exist when the NCAA sanctions are passed down. It might be prudent to keep one open until the punishment arrives from on high. Given the ‘repeat offender’ label placed on Sampson, there will likely be some form of (hopefully merciful!) disciplinary action, and if the worst of that is the loss of another scholarship, I’ll take it. We’ll then have plenty of scholarship room open for the next year, which is stacked with talent. I’m not sure about Strickland’s interest, but Lance and Nolan Dennis are very much in reach. Next year might be a dropoff, but keep your fingers crossed – cause two yeard from now, there’s amazing potential.

  • Abraham

    I apologize if I sound pessimistic, but that empty scholarship may not exist when the NCAA sanctions are passed down. It might be prudent to keep one open until the punishment arrives from on high. Given the ‘repeat offender’ label placed on Sampson, there will likely be some form of (hopefully merciful!) disciplinary action, and if the worst of that is the loss of another scholarship, I’ll take it. We’ll then have plenty of scholarship room open for the next year, which is stacked with talent. I’m not sure about Strickland’s interest, but Lance and Nolan Dennis are very much in reach. Next year might be a dropoff, but keep your fingers crossed – cause two yeard from now, there’s amazing potential.

  • Abraham has a good point. We should all probably remember that IU is far from in the clear on that stuff.

  • Abraham has a good point. We should all probably remember that IU is far from in the clear on that stuff.

  • Not to crush anyone’s optimism regarding Dexter Strickland, but it is highly unlikely that he will attend Indiana. Florida, Michigan State and North Carolina are the three schools I believe he’ll choose from.

  • Not to crush anyone’s optimism regarding Dexter Strickland, but it is highly unlikely that he will attend Indiana. Florida, Michigan State and North Carolina are the three schools I believe he’ll choose from.

  • Hoosier Hound

    Barring any further action from the NCAA, I actually think Sampson will get another JC big guy in the spring with the last scholarship.

  • Hoosier Hound

    Barring any further action from the NCAA, I actually think Sampson will get another JC big guy in the spring with the last scholarship.

  • Anonymous

    isn’t anyone else going to miss his enormous shorts? I mean, they are the source of his power. I was looking forward to seeing whose shorts were bigger, D’s or Mike’s. I guess I’ll have to wait until next year.

  • Tim

    isn’t anyone else going to miss his enormous shorts? I mean, they are the source of his power. I was looking forward to seeing whose shorts were bigger, D’s or Mike’s. I guess I’ll have to wait until next year.

  • DJR

    anyone have AJ Moye’s contact info? would love for him to give helpful advice/pointers to mike white in regards to making the most use of his talent given his height limitations… just seems like AJ could help A LOT…

  • DJR

    anyone have AJ Moye’s contact info? would love for him to give helpful advice/pointers to mike white in regards to making the most use of his talent given his height limitations… just seems like AJ could help A LOT…