Aaron White is headed back overseas for another season
Former Iowa Hawkeye standout basketball player Aaron White will spend another season overseas. He agreed to a one-year contract with an option in year two with Zenit St. Petersburg, a team in Russia. This will be White’s second year removed from college ball as he spent last season in Germany.
White was drafted 49th overall in 2015 by the Washington Wizards after being one of the best Hawkeyes in recent memory. As a junior, White was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team, and improved to being named to the All-Big Ten First Team as a senior. During his senior season, White averaged an impressive 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game on 52.1 percent shooting.
Last season with Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany, White posted an impressive 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
White got a training camp invite with the Wizards this year following his solid showing during summer league, in which he contributed 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. His ability to score inside and outside was on display, as well as his solid defense and rebounding. Although, improving from behind the arc – 29.4 three-point percentage during summer league – has to improve if he wants to make an NBA team.
Reporting to training camp would have meant passing on a lot of money overseas this upcoming season if he didn’t make the roster. The deadline to sign with a lot of teams overseas is prior to training camp.
White will have another chance of making the Wizards roster next season. He’ll once again have to prove himself in summer league and training camp to latch onto the roster though. The clock is ticking for the 23-year-old, but his window isn’t closed just yet.