While Aaron White’s minutes were down this year – just a little bit – he had a productive season nonetheless. The good thing is, his minutes were the only thing that went down from last year to this year. He averaged 12.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 58% from the field and 80% from the charity stripe. His field goal percentage went up 12 percentage points from his sophomore to his junior season. His best game probably came in Ames against the Iowa State Cyclones when he totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds.
The Good: White proved to be a dynamic presence in the lane and in transition this past season for the Hawkeyes. How often did we see him throwing down a dunk off a pass from Marble or Gesell? White consistently got into the lane and got good shots for the Hawkeyes. For me, that was his biggest improvement from his sophomore season to his junior season. White took some shots as a sophomore that were questionable and you started to see him pass those shots up as a junior to look for a better one.
The Bad: White struggles with creating for himself, especially in the half court. That is something I’d like to see change going into his final season in a Hawkeye uniform. His percentage from behind the arc is repulsive at 25%. I’d like to see him either take less shots from behind the arc or develop a better outside game over the offseason. There were some points where White would disappear, but for the most part he was a big part of the offense the entire year.
Final Grade: B
He’s gotten better in his three seasons as a Hawkeye and I only expect him to be better in his senior season. He’s going to be looked at as the leader of the team next year. He’s 1 of 3 seniors on the team along with Josh Oglesby and Gabe Olaseni. They’ll be counted on to do a lot of work for the Hawkeyes as next year rolls around.