The waiting game continues for Orange fans as they anxiously refresh their Twitter feeds in hopes of seeing the decision of graduate transfer Andrew White III. The former Nebraska Cornhusker and Kansas Jayhawk visited SU over a month ago, but has yet to make a decision on where to play next season. Syracuse and Miami seem to be the frontrunners at the moment after Michigan State and Louisville dropped out of the race. But don’t be surprised if there is some hometown pull that is holding up the process. The Virginia native may want to stay close to home for his final season, which gives the advantage to Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth.
The 6’7 swingman is the most prized player left on the market and has the talent to swing fortunes with his decision. If the sharpshooter chooses one of the ACC teams hoping for his services, that would immediately give that squad a leg up over the team that loses out on him. However, the role White would play on the two teams would vary slightly. At Miami, he may be competing for playing time with fellow guards Bruce Brown and Davon Reed. Given the current roster constructions, Miami has a slight edge over Syracuse in terms of overall talent and experience. However, if White is looking for the best opportunity to make an impact with the Orange and beyond, it’s a heavy advantage to SU. White could potentially be Syracuse’s best player on a team that becomes not only one of the elite in the ACC, but in all of college basketball. Along with that, White would have the chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Boeheim who also has ties to USA Basketball. Should White play at the next level, Boeheim could put in the word to extend him an invitation to play on the USA Select team like former Orange star Jerami Grant did this summer.
Whether the transfer opts for the white sand Miami beaches or the white snowcapped Central New York hill, it will certainly elevate one team into the upper echelon of the ACC.