August 24, 2009

Lickliter eyes 2011 prospect

Jake White wasn't on the original list of players scheduled to attend Iowa's Elite Camp earlier this month, but based on his performance, the Hawkeye coaches are happy he threw his name into the mix. The 6-foot-7 forward from Minnesota took the advice of his AAU coach with 43Hoops and hitched a ride with a teammate and turned a few heads in the process.

"I was talking to my coach with 43Hoops, Chris Carr, and he said that I should definitely get down there for the camp. I ended up talking to Thomas Schalk, who lives right by me. I play AAU with him on 43Hoops, so I ended up going with him," White said.

The 2011 prospect from Chaska, Minnesota made a quick impression at Iowa's Elite Camp with his relentless style of play and gained an invite to a dinner break game with several of Iowa's current players.

"They let me play with some of their current player and I thought that gave me a lot of insight into where I need to take my game if I want to play at that level."

White also learned a lot during his stay in Iowa City, especially from the Hawkeye Head Coach, Todd Lickliter.

"I thought it was a good camp and the competition was really good," he said. "I thought that the coaches were great. Coach Lickliter was really impressive and he knew what he was talking about. He was a very intelligent guy and I would love to play for him."

White is a skilled big man who can play with the basketball in his hands and like to attack the rim. He describes the type of player he is and what he needs to work on.

"I like to drive it and use both hands. I can make a 15 foot jump shot and I like to rebound and pass. The thing that I really have to continue to work on is my defense and lateral quickness," White said.

While the Hawkeyes are certainly going to keep an eye on White, there are other schools that are also in the mix.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I am getting letters from Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Wisconsin, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Wichita State, Missouri State, and American University."

At this time, White doesn't have any plans to make unofficial visits this fall, but he indicated that the Iowa coaches said that they would like him to come down for a football game.

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