Q&A with D.J. White

Here is the rest of the Q&A with IU big man D.J. White. The Hoosier Scoop was able to get some 1-on1 time with him after Kelvin Sampson’s press conference and before practice.

Q: Against Ohio State Tuesday night early in the game, were you trying to make a specific effort to attack Greg Oden?
D.J. White: That’s just how I play, going to the basket. Of course, when you get into foul trouble, that goes into it too, but I was just trying to make plays for my team.

Q: So how do the Hoosiers play a high-level of defense without fouling?
White: Just being smarter and aggressive at the same time. We had trouble earlier in the year in begin aggressive and fouling. We’ve calmed down a little bit, but it kind of kicked us in the rear end against Ohio State. We’ve just got to be smarter, keep our hands off opponents and still play the type of defense coach wants us to.

Q: You’re 6-9, when you go against a guy like Oden who is 7-feet tall, what do you do to get your shot of?
White: One thing I really didn’t do was go away from my right shoulder. I was going into a 7-footer which is hard to shoot over. I know that better now. Next time, if I have a chance to face a 7-footer I’ll learn to go away from it. That’s something I can do, it’s just what I didn’t do during the game.

Q: What’s it like bouncing against Oden? Strongest guy you played against?
White: I wouldn’t say stronger physical wise. But his length and his athleticism. He’s a tremendous athlete, I’ll give him that credit.

Q: Have you ever talked to Greg much off the court?
White: We wanted him to come here. So I talked to him in that, trying to get him to come to our school. I have talked to him before.

Q: Have you talked to Eric Gordon?
White: Yeah, I talk to him when he comes down for the games, say whassup, had him on his official visit.

Q: Will you be around here next year to play with Eric?
White: (laughs) I mean…I’m in the middle of the season…

Q: Let me rephrase, would you like to play with a guy like Eric Gordon?
White: Of course I would. Especially a guard with his talent. Playing with a guard of his talent would be great.

Q: Do you ever talk to Coach Davis or Robert Vaden down at UAB?
White: I haven’t spoken to Coach Davis since this summer. I talk to Vaden, that’s my best friend. He’s here sometimes in town so I get to say hello, I talk to him a lot we keep in contact.

Q: How’s Vaden’s game look?
White: Yeah, he’s slimmed down, that was good for him. I expect to see some good things from him from next year.

Q: Have you guys played any 1-on-1 or anything?
White: Naw, we haven’t had a chance to. Me and him are always competitive, but not during the season…hopefully when he comes here we can workout together like we always do and rekindle our relationship a little bit.

Q: Would you like to play against UAB one day?
White: Probably one day (laughs) a little bit, one day, that’s my hometown. Well, not my hometown but it’s my state. Yeah, to play against Vaden would be great.


  1. Was this article about DJ or Greg Oden? Sweet jesus, I don’t think that required all those questions.

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