Aaron White saw a lot of similarities in his final two - Iowa and Duquesne. In the end, it came down to the size of the stage.
“Duquesne had two forwards leaving and there was a chance for me to step in and play right away,” the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Ohio product said. “I think I’ll have a similar opportunity at Iowa from talking to Coach (Fran) McCaffery. He’s said all along that he wants me in the black and gold and that meant a lot.
“I get a shot to play in the Big Ten, the biggest conference we have around here. That’s an incredible opportunity.”
White said he felt like his mind was made up a few days ago but he wanted to sleep on it for a couple of nights. He woke up on Monday and knew it was time.
“I’m just really excited,” the Strongsville High star said. “Coach McCaffery is a great guy and I can’t wait to play for him. The thing that struck me the most was his confidence. There’s no doubt in his mind that he’s going to get it done at Iowa and that came through to me. I think that feeling that you’re going to be successful rolls over to the players like it did at Siena.”
White holds scholarship offers from Miami of Florida, Akron, Boston College, St. Bonaventure and Toledo in addition to his final two. Scout.com ranks him as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale.
"Aaron had a monster middle part of the summer," Scout.com's Dave Telep said. "In West Virginia, he was outstanding. I remember him pulling off a reverse dunk that had everyone scrambling to see who he was. Basically, he's a young man with skill to play on the perimeter and the ability to get things done in the lane. He'll need strength and a go to post move but he's a guy that can play Iowa's style."
"White really drew the eye of college coaches this summer," Scout.com's Evan Daniels said. "He's a good-looking prospect that can face up defenders and has an impressive skill set."
White becomes Iowa’s second known recruit in the 2011 Class, joining Cedar Rapids guard Josh Oglesby who pledged his allegiance to the Hawkeyes last Wednesday.
“I sure do know who he is,” White said of Oglesby. “We played them about four times this summer (in AAU tournaments). He probably won’t admit it, but we beat them every time. I’m just kidding.
“He can shoot it. We were at a little gym in Indiana and he must have hit about eight threes on us.”
White said he has the body type of a small forward, but McCaffery likes his versatility.
“I can shoot it and handle it like you’d expect from a three, but I think I might be able to swing to a four as well,” he said. “I can take most fours out on the wing and create a mismatch. We also talked about me playing the two some with my ball handling. The hard part would be defensively at the two. Three will be my main position.”
White became the second athlete from Strongsville High to commit to the University of Iowa. One of his best friends, Ray Hamilton, told the Iowa football coaches he was going to be a Hawkeye earlier this year.
“I haven’t told him yet, but I think he’ll be happy,” White said. “I don’t think it had any factor in my decision, but it’s definitely going to be nice to have someone I grew up with and am real good friends with me out there.”