Duke Basketball Player Review: Jack White ends senior year on sour note

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Jack White, a fierce competitor and beloved Blue Devil, ended his senior season with the Duke basketball team on a sour note in more ways than one.

Jack White would never ‘wow’ you with his overall statistics or performance in the box score on a given night. Instead, the Australian was a bulldog on the floor, doing anything and everything it took for Duke to win.

White was named a captain, alongside his roommate, Javin DeLaurier, entering his junior season in 2018-19 and tasked with leading a team that was the favorite to win the National Championship, led by Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.

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The 6-foot-7 forward was a two-time ACC Champion, winning in his freshman season (2016-17) and his junior season (2018-19). White was unable to try to be one of the few Blue Devils in recent memory to win three ACC Tournaments as it was canceled due to COVID-19.

White was also a total of five points shy of making the Final Four in the last two seasons there was an NCAA Tournament.

Entering his senior season, White was primed to be even more of a force on the floor with his leadership, rebounding skills, and defensive intensity.

That proved to be true for the majority of the season until playing time became hard to come by for the senior captain, who only logged more than nine minutes twice since February 4 against Boston College.

Prior to that game, White received double-digit minutes in all but two games he played in.

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His senior season ends in heartbreaking fashion with the ACC and NCAA Tournaments being canceled and averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor.

The lack of playing time never seemed to be a fault of White, as he always played hard and was effective in the minutes he was given, but nonetheless a tough break for the senior in his final season that was cut too short.

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A professional career should await White if he chooses in his home country of Australia, but the two-time selection to the All-ACC Academic team has a bright future regardless of what he chooses.