Clemson hit a home run in the grad transfer market over the weekend by landing 6-10 Javan White from Oral Roberts. Not only does he come to Clemson with solid offensive and defensive statistics from last season, he comes with two years to play, a rarity for grad transfers.
White took official visits to Clemson, LSU, Massachusetts and Nevada. He narrowed his decision to Clemson and LSU and felt Brad Brownell and his program had the most to offer him.
“Once I took a visit, I really saw the school and kind of got a feel for the players,” White said. “I really just felt like that was home for me and I felt like Coach Brownell and Coach Dean were developing that relationship piece that I was looking for, especially for two years. A lot of grad transfers only have one year. For me, I’m going to be there for two years so I really wanted to make sure I found the right staff and the right teammates that had a winning opportunity going on and good group of guys.”
White also was attracted to playing in the ACC and with a team he things will have enough talent to make a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I’m super excited,” he said. “The opportunity to play in the ACC with a good group of guys is a huge opportunity for me to develop my game and grow as a player. Coach Brownell and his staff did a great job of recruiting me and giving me a lot of insight into their program and the development. I think the opportunity is huge. They showed me who they had coming back and there was an immediate need. They are already going to be a good team this year. They were just telling me that if I could join the team I’d be able to help them out even more and make a bigger push in the tournament hopefully next year.”
White will team inside with returning center Eli Thomas, himself a more than capable rebounder and defender of the rim. White feels the two of them will make quite the defensive duo inside.
“Absolutely. Eli is a huge threat inside. He can do a lot of things. I feel like if I’m able to compliment what he does and we just build off of each other I think it could be a real dangerous situation. My biggest strengths are I’m a good rebounder, I can block shots really well, I rim run, I work well of the pick and rolls. I shot a few threes last year at a decent clip. A big thing this off season for me will be a lot of set threes, work on the pick and pop and try and spread the floor a little bit within the offense. And I’ll try to boost my free throw percentage as well this year.”
Last season, White averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds per game. He shot 51% from the floor, 40% from three and 55% from the line. He had nine double-doubles last season and posted career highs in points with 25 and rebounds with 20.
White is a native of Ames, IA who went to Oral Roberts in 2015 and played in 23 games. He redshirted the next season and started 29 of 32 games this past season.