Billy White had interest from a host of programs across the United States, but he wanted to stay in the West and find a home that could use him from the day he started school. The 6-foot-8 small forward from Green Valley High School in Las Vegas found that home and committed on Tuesday.
White is headed to San Diego State after visiting the Aztecs last weekend, according to LeRhon Dodson, his AAU coach with the EBO program.
"First of all, it is a great get for San Diego State. It is a great situation for them because they tend to recruit a little higher than their level and Billy is that kind of kid," Dodson said. "They will be losing their four man and Billy can step in and be that guy that can play inside and out, block shots, rebound and step out and shoot the long ball or put the ball on the floor."
With interest from Washington, LSU and Memphis, White saw an opportunity to play right away for Steve Fisher.
"It came down to being close to home and with his mother still in Vegas, it made a lot of sense because she can get out there to see him play," Dodson said. "And then he can come in and play right off the bat as a freshman. With (former EBO coach) Justin Hudson there (as an assistant coach), it was the best and perfect mix.
"I think it is going to be good for him," Dodson said. "There will be minutes for him and he should be able to contribute right away."
White, a high-level athlete, is a major score for San Diego State and should be one of the top athletes in the conference as a freshman.