D.J. White’s leaving town, bound for the NBA

I almost had to put an “OT” before the title of this blog because I feel like it is off topic.

We (Terry Hutchens of the Indy Star, Chris Engel of the Indiana Daily Student and the guy writing this) sat down to chat with D.J. White today (remember that guy?). We’d arranged this interview a while back, hoping to spend a relatively carefree afternoon finding out what D.J. thought about his future and how he planned to prepare for the NBA.

I think we were all a bit distracted because of the events of the day, but the conversation was good anyway. White could only smile and shake his head — as he has done so many time this year — when asked to reflect on his career at Indiana. Ultimately, he said, it was a learning experience.

White has signed with an agent, who is sending him to Phoenix to train with a former Phoenix Suns trainer. So on Saturday, the same day White will graduate with a general studies degree and minors in criminal justice and African American studies, he will pack his things up and get ready to leave his home for the last four years.

In late May he will attend the pre-draft camp in Orlando. He has already set up visits  with individual teams (though he could not say with which teams) for the weeks following the camp and leading up to the June 26th draft in New York City.

He said he has been told he could be drafted anywhere from the mid-first round to the early second-round.

We’ll have more on this story later this weekend.

17 comments

  1. D.J White is my ero and he is the type of player and person Indiana needs to be recruiting

  2. Agreed, Andrew. What a nice guy. How much of a coincidence was that, Chris, that you all did the interview today?!

  3. I don’t think it was much of a coincidence since he said they had the interview planned for a while.

  4. good luck dj. you represented yourself, and this program, extremely well in your time here. we wish you the best.

  5. thx for 4 yrs….my generation (57)…needs more young people like you. hopefully you are representive of the next generation……not…well you know

  6. God bless you DJ! Thank you for blessing us fans with you courage, humility and toughness. Other IU BB heros were surrounded by other really good players. You did as much or more with less support. Best of luck going forward.

  7. Thanks for many wonderful memories DJ! You were a class act and will be missed! I’ll watch you every chance I get in the NBA next year!

  8. D.J. represented Indiana University with class and he will do the same when he moves to an NBA city….hopefully the Pacers.

    He endured alot during his tenure at IU, but remained positive and will be a great Ambassador for Indiana University in the years to come.

    Best of luck in the NBA, but most importantly life!

  9. D.J…. THANKS FOR YOUR LOYALTY !! YOU ARE A HELL OF A PLAYER. AS A SELFISH HOOSIER FAN I THINK YOU SHOULD USE YOUR MEDICAL RED-SHIRT AND COME BACK AND DOMINATE 1 MORE YEAR.

  10. D.J.,

    You continue to be a hero/role model in the eyes of our son. Not only as a great basketball player, but as a man. Thank you! We wish you the best of luck in your career and in life.

  11. D.J.,

    It is unlikely that any player at IU has had to go through more than you during your time as a player. Through the injuries and coaches, you always played with the heart of a champion. Coach Dakich was correct when he referred to you as a legend. You will always be remembered as one of the greats here at IU. I wish you the best in the NBA and can’t wait to keep rooting for you for many years to come!

  12. Hey DJ, your work ethic and toughness will make you a great asset to the team that drafts you.

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