D.J. White out 4 to 6 months

D.J. White celebrates his 3-pointer.

[2 P.M. UPDATE]

According to a story written by Doug Wilson, D.J. White had surgery to remove a benign lesion on May 4, 2005. He missed about three months of on-court work at the time.

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News coming out of Oklahoma City is that former Indiana forward D.J. White — the Big Ten Player of the Year last season — will have a benign growth removed from his jaw soon. Doctors will then graft bone from his hip to the jaw. He’ll be out four to six months.

This is not the first time White has had jaw surgery; he had a procedure done during his time at Indiana but I don’t know the details behind it. White once mentioned the surgery as one of the many difficulties he endured at IU — along with foot injuries and new coaches — but I didn’t think to ask more about it at the time.

White, who was drafted late in the first round by the Detroit Pistons then traded to the Seattle Supersonice who have since become the Oklahoma Thunder, is one of the most popular players to play at IU in the post-Bob Knight era.

3 comments

  1. Sorry to hear about DJ’s trouble, but anybody with the size of his heart is going to bounce back just fine. Go DJ! Make us proud.

  2. I’d say it’s pretty close between D.J. and Tom Coverdale as the most popular post-Knight players. D.J. is among my favorite IU players ever, regardless of who coached him. He endured everything and always gave his best. Maybe he reacted badly when Sampson was fired, but that was an extraordinary situation. Whenever I heard him interviewed, he was well-spoken and mature. And almost unique among his teammates the last couple of years, he went to class and made good grades. Hope he comes out of this okay.

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