If you’re a Syracuse basketball fan, as long as you haven’t been living under a rock the last few days there’s a good chance you’re aware that Andrew White took a trip to Michigan State over the weekend. White is the 6-foot-7 swingman who began his career at Kansas before transferring to Nebraska, and who is now looking to take a graduate year elsewhere – just to refresh your memory.
Obviously, people are wondering what’s going on with White, and when he will decide on a school. Given that he got his release several weeks ago at this point, along with the fact that the only visits he’s taken (unless he’s taken some extremely covert visits that, somehow, in this day and age, no one found out about) have been to Syracuse and Michigan State, it seems pretty clear that the Orange and the Spartans are the frontrunners to land him.
You would also think that, as we creep closer and closer to August, a decision is coming soon. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned when it comes to the courtship of Andrew White, it’s that whatever we assume, it’s probably wrong.
Now, let’s get this out of the way right here: I’ve been told by multiple people who are in position to know a little something that the expectation is for White to be Orange. Keep in mind, however, that this has been the general feeling since White came to Syracuse for his visit. But the fact of the matter is that upon repeated inquiries, this same sentiment has been expressed repeatedly. I’ve talked to a couple of other people with their own sources, and they’re all saying the same thing.
But like I said: when it comes to the Andrew White recruitment, the only thing we know is that we know nothing. Not really, anyway. White is doing his due diligence and playing things extremely close to the vest. His social media presence has basically vanished since he announced his intention to become a graduate transfer. Interviews have been rare, and when granted, they seem to be done primarily in an effort to clear up misconceptions about his seemingly contentious exit from Nebraska.
The bottom line is that we can speculate, and we can trust sources, and we can look at who offers the best fit for White (and, on paper at least, Syracuse looks like a better fit in terms of playing time and being thrust into the spotlight than MSU – the Spartans have a pair of 5-star swingmen in this year’s class). But at the end of the day, we’re all on White’s schedule, and he seems content to make us wait as long as he needs to figure things out.
If I had to guess, however, I’m going to say that White will indeed be Orange. Nothing is final until its final, of course. But people I talk to, who I trust to be shooting straight about this situation, continue to tell me that things are looking very positive for Syracuse.
The Orange will be fine if we don’t land Andrew White. There’s a lot of talent in that 9-man rotation. But adding White could potentially put Syracuse over the top. Here’s hoping we hear good news sometime this week.