Former Georgetown Hoyas’ forward Paul White, who had previously announced his decision to transfer, has committed to the Oregon Ducks. Due to the NCAA’s transfer rules, White will have to sit the upcoming year (but will be eligible to practice with the team) and then will be able to play his remaining two seasons of eligibility with Oregon, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
University of Oregon will be my new home! Thank you to the whole Oregon family for making me a Duck now. Time to work ???? #GoDucks ????????????????
— Paul White (@Numba13_) August 31, 2016
A member of the Hoyas’ 2014 recruiting class, White was a consensus top 75 player in the entire nation as four-star, 6-9 forward from Chicago, Illinois. He had a slew of offers rolling in from some of the nation’s top programs including Michigan State, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arizona, Connecticut and Indiana.
Heading to our nation’s captial alongside two of the Hoyas’ more impactful players over the past two seasons, Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak established themselves among the Georgetown rotation while White was left on the outside looking in.
As a freshman, White would average 18.4 minutes per game, contributing five points and 2.8 rebounds per contest as well. But last season, he would appear in only seven games and score 11 points all season.
He joins an Oregon team coming off an Elite Eight appearance from last season after the Ducks swept both the Pac-12 regular season and the postseason tournament.
The team established their dominance using a lineup of forwards that were able to handle the ball and make plays off the dribble, such as Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell, both of whom will return for this upcoming year. The fact that White will sit for the 2016-2017 season may be a blessing in disguise as the Ducks return nearly everyone from their Elite Eight squad from last year.