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Rodney White out of Charlotte
College: Charlotte
Height: 6'-9"
Weight: 238
Class: Freshman
Birth Date: June 28, 1980
Age: 40 years, 92 days old
HomeTown: Philadelphia, PA
NBA Comparison: Donyell Marshall Notes on Rodney White
Rodney White would seem to posses all the tools necessary to thrive in the NBA. He has a strong build at 6'9" and nearly 240 pounds. He has an inside-outside game with both solid post moves and three point range. He led all Division freshmen in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 34.7 percent from 3-point range, and pulled down 6.5 rebounds per contest. However, White is an unknown. He moved around a lot in high school and we mean A LOT. White literally played in four states in high school and had to sit out a year of eligibility before ending up in Charlotte as a freshman last year. His game is raw and he could probably use another year of college, but it is likely, given his size and skills, that he will be a lottery pick this year.
Strengths of Rodney White
White has the prototypical NBA big man body. He is strong and athletic with a big frame. He has terrific post skills and can stick the three. He has a live body and can get up and down the floor easily. He is projected as a power forward but, with his ballhandling and shooting skills, could easily play the NBA three.
Weaknesses of Rodney White
With only one year of college ball under his belt and a string of high schools (plus a year out of basketball altogether because of eligibility requirements), White will need some seasoning. He is not going to come in and dominate and probably could use another year or two in college. He has a tendency to try and do too much resulting in turnovers and, while he can hit the three, needs to develop consistency from long range.
White on the Rockets?
White has the right tools to fit the Rockets. The question is whether or not they would take him as a 'tweener given their overatures towards Chris Webber this summer and whether White will even be available at 13. What makes him interesting is that he has the versatility the Rockets like but, beyond that, he has ties to both of the Rockets backcourt stars. He is from Philadelphia like Cuttino Mobley and finished his high school career in Maryland even playing in the Washington D.C. summer leagues like Steve Francis. Chances are he will be gone by the time the Rockets pick, but they could do a lot worse.