Class of 2016 Power Forward Romello White Commits to Tennessee


Romello White, a top power forward in the 2016 class, has committed to Tennessee and head coach Donnie Tyndall. White is rated four stars by 247sports, ESPN, and Scout. Before choosing the Vols, White held other offers from Georgia, George Mason, and Middle Tennessee State University.


With Donnie Tyndall currently under the NCAA's magnifying glass, it's easy to envision how tough the task of selling recruits on coming to play for him is currently. How can a coach get a kid to buy in to what he is trying to do when nobody can be sure how much longer he will be around? That's the unenviable situation Tyndall finds himself in, and that's why Romello White's committment is so significant for Tyndall and the Tennessee program on multiple fronts. For one, White gives Tyndall his first commit for the class of 2016, which is a milestone by itself. More importantly, perhaps White's committment will make other recruits take a harder look at Tyndall's Vols and ease some minds about potential NCAA violations.

White, 6'8", 215 pounds, is a perfect fit for Tyndall's system. He's a mobile, athletic big man that runs the court well. He utilizes his length well to rebound and block shots, and Tyndall's full court press defense will simply be another way for White to employ his length. On the offensive end, White is still raw. His scoring is heavily dependent on transition opportunities and drives into the lane by teammates that create easy offense. He possesses solid touch around the rim, but he hasn't flashed much of an offensive game outside of the post. The next step for White is to develop a midrange jumper and bulk up. Until then, he will continue to make his impact felt through hustle plays, blocks, and rebounds.

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Ben Frederickson