DJ White

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DJ White Biography

Dewayne (DJ) White Jr. is currently a retired professional basketball player, and former NBA and Indiana University basketball player. White was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attended Hillcrest High School also located in Tuscaloosa. He then played for four seasons as power forward for the Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball team from 2004 to 2008. During his four-year tenure at IU, White helped the Hoosiers make the NCAA tournament three times. White was named 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the year, Second Team All-Big Ten his junior year, and First Team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten Player of the Year after his senior year.

  • Name: Dewayne (DJ) White Jr.
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Birthday: August 31, 1986
  • Born: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • High School: Hillcrest High School (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
  • Height: 6’9″ (190 cm)
  • Seasons: 4 (2004-2008)
  • Jersey: #3
  • Education: General Studies, minors in criminal justice and African-American Studies

Awards and Accolades

  • 2005: Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2006-2008: NCAA Tournament Appearance
  • 2007: Second Team All-Big Ten
  • 2008: Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, Second Team All-American

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DJ White High School Recruiting Profile

White attended Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa and was a dominant basketball player. He was phenomenal the year prior to joining the Hoosiers, averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds per game and earning numerous awards. He played in the Jordan Capital Classic, McDonalds All-American Game, and the Nike Hoop Summit.

Rivals had White ranked 15th overall and the 4th best power forward in the class of 2004. He had offers from IU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Mississippi State. White chose IU the summer of 2003 because he told the Associated Press that he liked Coach Mike Davis and loved Indiana, and his decision to join IU was, “probably mostly about Coach Davis.”

DJ White Seasons with the Hoosiers

2004-2005 Indiana Basketball Season
Mike Davis (5th Season)
15-14 (10-6 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NIT First Round
2005-2006 Indiana Basketball Season
Mike Davis (6th Season)
19-12 (9-7 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round
2006-2007 Indiana Basketball Season
Kelvin Sampson (1st Season)
21-11 (10-6 Big Ten)
🥉 3rd Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round
2007-2008 Indiana Basketball Season
Kelvin Sampson / Dan Dakich (Int.)
25-8 (14-4 Big Ten)
🥉 3rd Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA First Round

DJ White Indiana University Career Statistics

2004-2005 29 29 814 143 250 0.572 143 250 0.572 0 0 100 141 0.709 56 87 143 23 14 64 39 76 386
2005-2006 5 3 89 19 36 0.528 19 36 0.528 0 0 8 14 0.571 9 21 30 5 0 7 9 10 46
2006-2007 32 32 1017 170 332 0.512 170 332 0.512 0 0 100 146 0.685 77 157 234 40 28 73 62 84 440
2007-2008 33 33 1105 216 357 0.605 215 354 0.607 1 3 0.333 142 206 0.689 100 241 341 25 26 54 63 83 575
Career 99 97 3025 548 975 0.562 547 972 0.563 1 3 0.333 350 507 0.690 242 506 748 93 68 198 173 253 1447

DJ White’s College Basketball Career

DJ White joined the Hoosiers in 2004 with other freshmen James Hardy, Patrick Ewing Jr., Sean Kline, Robert Vaden, and Mike RobertsWhite and Ewing Jr were the only freshmen from out of state to join the team that year. Unfortunately for White, the team did not make the NCAA Tournament. Instead they made the NIT after finishing 4th in the conference and 15-14 overall. White had a standout season however and was recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He averaged an impressive 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. He led all Big Ten freshmen in scoring, blocks, and field goal percentage.

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White’s sophomore season was unfortunately short lived as he received a medical red shirt that year due to breaking his foot. Even though White later returned, he injured his foot again ending his season. In the 5 games White played, he averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, he was not able to help the 6 seed Hoosiers in the NCAA Tournament that year, as they lost to Gonzaga in the second round. Coach Davis would resign after that season and coach UAB’s men’s basketball team. IU then replaced him with Kelvin Sampson. IU finished 4th in the conference that year and 19-12 overall. Instead of transferring due to a coaching change, White stayed and ended up starting all 32 games that year for the Hoosiers, leading them to the NCAA Tournament as a 7 seed, a 3rd place conference finish, and a 21-11 record. White was named Second Team All-Big Ten and led the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounds. IU got their revenge against Gonzaga and defeated them in the first round yet lost to Ben Howland’s UCLA Bruins.

White’s senior year was his best year as a Hoosier, as he was named Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, and Second Team All-American. IU finished 3rd in the conference and 25-8 overall. Once again, White along with freshman standout Eric Gordon led the team to the NCAA Tournament as an 8 seed. Unfortunately, they lost to Arkansas in the first round. This season was notable due to Kelvin Sampson’s resignation and Dan Dakich’s take over as interim head coach. Even though the season was filled with turmoil, White still managed to lead the conference in rebounds and field goal percentage. This would be White’s last season at IU, as he decided to enter the NBA Draft boasting an impressive 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

DJ White’s Professional Basketball Career

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On June 26th, 2008, with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected DJ White from Indiana University. Interestingly enough, White was then traded to the SuperSonics, who relocated to Oklahoma City soon after. Therefore, White actually never played a game for the Sonics, instead he started his career in a Thunder uniform. He finally made his NBA debut in April of 2009 against the Pacers after going through jaw surgery, which sidelined him for a few months. His rookie year was cut short to only 7 games, however, in those 7 games, he averaged close to 9 points and 5 rebounds in about 19 minutes per game.

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Another injury sidelined White, allowing him to only play 12 games during his sophomore NBA season. While recovering from a broken thumb, White had success in the NBA G-league with the Tulsa 66ers. Even though he only played 16 career games for the 66ers, he averaged about 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, which is why he had such short stints with the G-league team.

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Although White played in the NBA for 7 seasons, he was never able to play a full season in the NBA. The most games White played in a season was 58 with the Charlotte Bobcats. He played about 19 minutes per game while averaging 7 points and close to 4 rebounds per game. White later ended up signing a contract with the Boston Celtics but was then traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

White then went back and forth between the NBA and overseas until settling down in Turkey in 2017. In the 2018-2019 season, White averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game for Bahcesehir Basketbol. On July 10th 2019, it was announced that White signed with his new club Tofas for the upcoming Turkish Super League Season. His final career stop took place in Daegu, South Korea, with Daegu KOGAS Pegasus. He announced his retirement from the game on August 15, 2022.

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