The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball program added to its stellar 2016 recruiting class Thursday, as Australian forward Jack White committed to the Blue Devils, per ESPN's Jeff Borzello.
The 6'7" forward is the fourth-best prospect in South Wales, the 46th-best small forward and the 221st-best overall prospect in the 2016 class, per 247Sports. White made his decision official on Twitter:
Jack White @5jackwhite
Very happy to announce that I have verbally committed to Duke University! Excited to be a Blue Devil! 😈2016-3-4 02:52:43
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski notched his fifth commitment, adding White to a class that features three recruits ranked in the top 15 in 247Sports' composite rankings: power forward Harry Giles, small forward Jayson Tatum and point guard Frank Jackson.
“It’s just a very prestigious program,” White told Evan Daniels of Scout.com. “A lot of great players have gone there. I think it’ll be great challenge for myself. I enjoyed the visit, and it seemed like the right place for me.”
The 3-star prospect also had offers on the table from Boise State, Albany and Mercer before officially committing to the Blue Devils. Thanks to the addition of White, Duke now has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, topping the Kentucky Wildcats, per Adam Rowe of 247Sports.
White averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for Australia at the FIBA U19 World Championship. He scored 18 points in 15 minutes in a game against Tunisia, making seven of his eight shot attempts.
Based on his numbers, White has done most of his work inside the arc but can also step beyond the three-point line. Duke will be a star-powered team next year, but White can add a sharpshooting element that can help the team.
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