Arizona State forward Romello White entered the transfer portal late last night to the surprise of Sun Devils fans. He averaged 10 ppg and 9 rpg while shooting 57% from the field last season. While in Tempe, White helped lead ASU to a 20-11 overall record and a tie for 3rd in the Pac 12.
Meanwhile, Commodore fans woke up to intriguing developments at VandySports.com. Credit to David Sisk, he has been ALL OVER the recent Vanderbilt commits and continues to keep Commodore fans informed on the recruiting trail.
How about that!?
On April 1, White reportedly declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but, similar to Saben Lee, he was still keeping his options available. Keep in mind, Romello played on Stackhouse Elite, which was Jerry’s AAU team, throughout his high school career. That’s a key point to look at with his recruitment.
White was a 4-star recruit coming out of Wheeler High School in Suwanee, GA and ultimately committed to Arizona State after de-committing from Tennessee. For the star big man, Iowa State and nearby Georgia Tech were also in the mix but, he decided to head west. He was rated as the No. 70 player and the No. 18 power forward in the 2016 class.
After redshirting his first year in Tempe, White became a force inside the paint for the Sun Devils. According to Michelle Gardner of Arizona Republic, he hit double figures in points 16 times with season bests of 19 points coming twice, most notably against Colorado. He had double figure rebounds 13 times with a best of 17 coming against Georgia. In his three-year career White played in 95 games, starting 92 of those. (AZCentral.com)
“White’s production tapered off at the end of the season but, much of that was the Sun Devils not necessarily looking to go inside as much as they had through the first portion of the season. He may be looking to move a little closer to home. He had grandmother with whom he was close who passed away right at the end of the season and coach Bobby Hurley had said in interviews at the time that it had taken a toll on his player.”Michelle Gardner, Arizona Republic
Vanderbilt’s depth in the frontcourt would be drastically improved if White does indeed decide to play at Vanderbilt. He would be immediately eligible due to his grad transfer status and could create a dangerous inside duo along with Clevon Brown. In addition, White placed a “Do Not Contact” label beside his name in the transfer portal. This label means he has already selected the school he will attend but, has yet to announce publicly.
All signs point to Romello White playing under Coach Stackhouse in Nashville. All of a sudden, next year’s Commodore team looks like a sneaky pick to upset a lot of teams next season. Keep your eyes peeled, Commodore Nation, because Stackhouse is cooking up something special as we speak.