Learning From The Best
Aug. 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After sitting out a majority of Indiana's 2005-06 season with foot injuries, Hoosier All-American candidate D.J. White is poised for an emphatic return this winter. The 6-9, 255-pound junior has worked hard in the weight room to add 15 pounds of muscle, and he has honed his skills as a counselor at the All-American camp in Indianapolis and most recently at Michael Jordan's Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif. The camp stints provided White with an opportunity to instruct younger players on fine fundamentals while competing against some of the nation's other top college players.
According to White, the two summer camps not only bring valuable competition, but it is also a chance to renew and maintain friendships that he has developed throughout his AAU and college careers. Players such as Texas A&M's Acie Law and Joseph Jones, Kansas' Julian Wright and Brandon Rush, Connecticut's A.J. Price, Alabama's Ronald Steele, Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix and LSU's Glen Davis joined White at Jordan's Flight School.
After a morning and afternoon full of instruction and camp drills, the college players would scrimmage late in the day. In addition to the college stars, Jordan invited some of his NBA buddies to assist with the camp. For example, White squared off one night against former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley and Alonzo Mourning of the world champion Miami Heat.
"It was a great experience," White said. "Those guys (Oakley and Mourning) are obviously big and strong, and they were playing hard even in these pickup games."
Jordan, Oakley and Mourning sent a strong message that White hopes to reinforce to his IU teammates this winter.
"It's all about competing hard and bringing it every day," White said. "If we give our all in practice and games, we have the chance to be pretty good."
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