Malcolm White will not have any fond memories of Dayton. On Saturday at the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational, he cracked the top of his nose open and had to get stitches. On Sunday, he saw his Genesis One team lose by 20 points. On Monday, he turned his ankle and crashed to the floor in writhing pain.
White can only blame himself for his physical pains. The four-star forward plays with a complete disregard for his body. Injuries are commonplace.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound superfreak athlete from Genesis One (Miss.) via Greensburg, La., uses every ounce of energy he can muster out of college ready frame. Those that know the No. 32 ranked player in the class of 2008 aren't surprised.
Keep in mind, White grew into the player he is now after spending hours in the gym with former LSU star Tyrus Thomas.
"I used to play with him at LSU and compete with him," Thomas said. "He'd, of course, dunk on me a few times then I'd go down and score on him a few times. But now that he's in the NBA and I kind of feel like I can be a guy that can be there, too.
"We played two-a-days a lot when he was red-shirting. Last time I talked to him, he told me to keep working hard and look at him as an example. He's a real good person and a good inspiration for my life."
Unlike Thomas, White isn't laying under the radar and certainly won't be a guy that catches anyone by surprise when he gets to college. A redshirt year won't happen either.
"That's why I'm here," White said of why he transferred to Genesis One and reclassified.
And that is why so many high-major schools are lining up to land the four-star player. White said one SEC school has shown the most interest up to this point.
"Ole Miss, they are recruiting me the hardest," White said. "They are struggling with their post game. They don't have anybody to block shots or rebound the ball or score so I think that is why they are showing me so much interest."
Kentucky, Florida State, LSU, Southern Cal, Mississippi State and "basically the SEC" are also in the mix, White said. More will certainly come after the spring travel season. White said the schools can line up all they'd like. A decision isn't in his immediate plans.
"Now maybe next year I'll be ready but right now I'm not worried about it," he said of a decision.
He just won't catch anyone by surprise.