Aaron White didn’t have a national name when he joined Iowa’s basketball program in the fall of 2011.
But two Big Ten seasons have changed that. And White has polished his reputation even more at this week’s World University Games tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Strongsville, Ohio, was named one of 16 finalists Wednesday. White’s Iowa teammate, Devyn Marble, was one of 11 players cut.
“I’ve just been trying to get every rebound, do all the hustle plays, and run the floor as hard as I can,” White said Wednesday. “So all the little stuff.”
Former Ames High School all-stater Doug McDermott of Creighton was also named a finalist. The 12-man roster will be announced Monday. That team will represent the United States in the World University Games July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.
“The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. “Usually, it’s pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.”
White, who will be a junior, averaged a team-best 13.6 points in Big Ten play and 12.8 overall in a 25-13 season that ended in the title game of the National Invitation Tournament. White also averaged a team-best 6.2 rebounds. He is the first Iowa player to lead the team in rebounding during his first two seasons since Michael Payne in 1981-82 and 1982-83.
Marble, who will be a senior, led the Hawkeyes in scoring at 15.0 points in all games, and was second to White in league games at 12.9. Marble has 1,134 career points and has a chance to crack the Top 10 in his final season.
McDermott averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Bluejays as a junior, and was a first-team all-American. McDermott has 2,216 career points and 844 career rebounds.
White was one of four Big Ten players making the first cut, joined by Adreian Payne of Michigan State and Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey of Indiana. Marble was one of three Big Ten players getting cut. Andre Hollins of Minnesota and A.J. Hammons of Purdue were the other two.
The 16 players making the first cut were:
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Treveon Graham, VCU
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Luke Hancock, Louisville
Tyler Haws, BYU
Rodney Hood, Duke
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Will Sheehey, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
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