A lack of publicity motivates Aaron White. Scout.com rates the Iowa signee as a two-star prospect on its five-star scale.
"Scout, Rivals, ESPN, they rank all of these kids ahead of me and its nice to get a chance to compete against them," said White, from Strongsville, Ohio. "It's even better to play better than them and beat them."
White did just that this weekend during an Ohio-Kentucky high school all-star game. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward won his team's MVP award leading Ohio to a 102-100 victory. Division I signees littered both rosters in the contest.
"It was great competition even in practices," White said. "We had five guys on my team alone going to the Big Ten. Everything was at a very, very high level."
The Hawkeyes also received some nice recognition with White's performance in Kentucky.
"Every time I made a basket, the (PA announcer) would say, "Three-pointer by Aaron White; college choice - Iowa,"" White said. "That was great to hear."
White said he will move to Iowa City in June and compete in the Prime Time League, a summer league in North Liberty comprised of top college and high school players.
"I'm just trying to prepare myself for college now," White said. "I started working with a personal trader two weeks ago. It's five days a week of working with weights."
White said he and Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery have talked about his pre-college preparation. They think the forward will be around 225 pounds by the start of the season.
"Yeah, I'm one of those people that can eat and eat and not put on weight," White said. "The trainer has me eating like 4,000 calories a day. It's OK, though, because I don't mind eating."