D.J. White Back On The Court
March 19, 2009
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Former Indiana All-American forward D.J. White has been assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Colorado in his professional debut.
The native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama has yet to appear in a game for the Thunder this season after undergoing jaw surgery in October. The 6-foot-9 forward was cleared by team doctors on Monday to resume full-contact drills.
The former Indiana star was the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. He was acquired by the Thunder as part of a draft-day trade.
White, who finished in the top 16 in IU history in both points and rebounds for his career, became Indiana's 20th first-round draft choice, tying the Hoosiers with Notre Dame for sixth on the all-time list. Combined with Eric Gordon's selection (seventh to the Clippers), White gives the Hoosiers multiple first-round picks for the fourth time in school history. The last time the Hoosiers had two first-rounders was in 1993 (Calbert Cheaney, 6th, and Greg Graham, 17th). IU also had multiple first-round selections in 1981 (Isiah Thomas, 2nd, and Ray Tolbert, 18th) and 1976 (Scott May, 2nd, Quinn Buckner, 7th, Bobby Wilkerson, 11th).
White was a unanimous selection as the Big Ten MVP in 2007-08, marking the 16th time that a Hoosier has been named MVP of the Big Ten. White was the 14th Indiana player to earn the honor (Don Schlundt and Scott May won the award twice). He was the first Hoosier to take home the accolade since Jared Jeffries in 2002.
White averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds and was named Big Ten Player of the Year. He was named a second team All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He finished his career ranked 16th in IU scoring with 1,447 points.
He also tied for ninth in career rebounding with 748 caroms. He finished second all-time at IU in career field goal percentage (56.2) and single season field goal percentage (60.5). He was the first player to average a double-double (17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds) since Alan Henderson in 1994 and just the second player to do so in the last 31 years.
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