White Named to Naismith Top 30
Feb. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior forward D.J. White has been selected as one of the top 30 players for the 2007 Men's Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T. White is one of just three Big Ten players listed in the top 30.
Ballots will be sent out to the Naismith voting academy this week asking members to narrow the list to four individuals. Those finalists will be announced in mid-March. The winner will be honored during Final Four weekend in Atlanta. White is looking to become the third Hoosier to win the award, joining Scott May (1976) and Calbert Cheaney (1993). Iowa's Adam Haluska and Wisconsin's Alonzo Tucker are also listed in the top 30 this year.
White carded his third 20-point game in Big Ten play at Purdue (Feb. 15) and his first since scoring 21 at Connecticut (Jan. 20). He led the Hoosiers with a game-high 20 points, on 7-of-11 from the floor, and eight rebounds in 37 minutes. White has six 20-point games this season and nine in his career. He also has 18 double-figure scoring efforts this season (IU is 13-5 in those games) and 43 10-point outings in 59 career games (IU is 28-15 in those games), including 17 in 28 minutes against Minnesota on Feb. 21.
In Big Ten games, the Tuscaloosa, Ala., native is showing why he was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, leading the team with 13.7 points (12th in the league), 6.8 rebounds (fourth) and 1.79 blocks (third) and shooting 50.7 percent (ninth) in 31.4 minutes. He has recorded three 20-point games, 19 games in double figures and two 10-plus rebounding outings.
Overall, White leads the Hoosiers with 13.8 points (11th), 7.0 boards (fourth), 2.22 blocks (second) and 51.2-percent shooting (sixth) in 30.8 minutes per tilt.
The Hoosiers take on Northwestern on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Evanston, Ill. It will be the final road contest of the season for IU, which sits at 18-9 (8-6 Big Ten) on the season.
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