CBS Sports and ESPN college basketball announcer Bill Raftery will serve as the host of the men’s portion of Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall according to a release issued today by IU Media Relations.
The former Seton Hall coach, who began calling games for CBS Sports almost 29 years ago, won’t be the only special guest in attendance.
With the NBA lockout still in effect, former IU stars D.J. White and Eric Gordon will be a part of the program and will also sign autographs afterward.
According to IU’s release, fans will be provided with one item for signatures and may not have any other items signed by the IU players or its special guests.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM ET on Saturday and admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item for Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Some White (No. 8 jersey) highlights from three recent Bobcats games.
For two and a half seasons, D.J. White lead a life of NBA anonymity.
He occupied the end of the bench in Oklahoma City. Spent time in the D-League.
But after a trade landed him with the Bobcats on Feb. 24, things have changed. White has seen steady minutes in a reserve frontcourt role under coach Paul Silas — in part because Tyrus Thomas has been out with injury. He’s averaging 8.3 points (52.1 percent shooting) and 4.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per contest.
White’s knocking down the mid-range jumper. He’s hustling down the court, beating the defense and dunking it home for two. He’s looking more filled out, mature and polished than his IU days.
White likely won’t ever be a star or even a starter. (Silas saying he’d like White to play in the Summer League is an indication of that.) And this limited sample size of games with the Bobcats can’t paint the whole picture.
But if Charlotte retains Silas for next season — he was hired after Larry Brown’s swift departure earlier this year — it’s possible White will continue to factor into the team’s rotation. Which could set him up for a longer career in the league.
The 2010-2011 NBA season will be important for the career prospects of former IU forward D.J. White. After battling injuries during his first two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, White has appeared in a total of just 19 games and split time between the Thunder and the Tulsa 66ers, a D-League affiliate. He’s entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract.
How has your rehab been going? Are you looking good for the start of the season?
“Recovery has been fine; just take it day by day. As of right now, I’m one hundred percent. Yes, I’m looking good for the season. I’ve been working out twice a day all summer in preparation and I’m looking forward to it.”
How have you avoided getting frustrated by your injuries?
“I just try to stay positive and not get down on myself. Things happen for a reason and it’s a part of basketball.”
When was the last time you were in Bloomington, and how often do you make it here?
“I was in Bloomington in July. I’ve been living in Indianapolis all summer and only made it down twice, so not as much as I wanted to.”
If nothing else, Hoosier fans will at least be able to catch White in action this coming Sunday, as his Tulsa 66ers take on Fort Wayne at Allen Country War Memorial Stadium. Just watch out for the Nightmare Ant, D.J.
Everyone’s favorite Hoosier of the last decade, D.J. White, will miss four to six months following surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw:
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward D.J. White will undergo surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw and will miss at least four to six months, the team announced Thursday.
Team physicians will perform the procedure next week and, as a part of the operation, doctors will take a bone graft from the 6-9 White’s hip to mend the bone in his jaw.
Not that surgery is ever good news, but let’s be thankful that the growth is benign and hope that D.J. makes a full recovery. He probably wouldn’t have gotten much clock for the Thunder this season, but the young man must be disappointed to have his NBA career kick off this way. Get well soon, D.J.