Blinn College shooting guard Denise White will continue her playing career at Lamar University after leading the Buccaneers to a 22-10 record and a trip to the Region XIV Conference Tournament semifinals.
White, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Baytown Sterling High School, has signed a national letter of intent with the Cardinals after averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Buccaneers in 2011-12. She shot 39 percent from the field to earn all-conference honorable mention.
“She can do a little of everything,” said Blinn women’s basketball coach Jeff Jenkins. “She can defend, she’s got a beautiful jump shot and she rebounds. She’s very athletic, she can defend anybody in the league and not too many girls have a 15-foot jump shot off the dribble.”
White said her defense is the strongest part of her game, but was quick to point to her jump shot as another weapon.
“Blinn gets you prepared for the next level,” said White. “I worked really hard here to get where I need to go. The coaches work hard with us and get us prepared.”
White played in 28 games as a freshman, including eight starts, averaging 2.9 points per game.
“As a coach, it was fun to watch Denise progress,” Jenkins said. “She played maybe 300 minutes as a freshman, and as a sophomore she probably tripled that. She got better every day.”
Now White will join a Cardinals squad that went 16-15 last season and 8-8 in the Southland Conference. White said it was important to her that she continue her basketball career at a Division I school.
“I wanted to move up to the next level and it’s a beautiful school,” she said.
To learn more about Blinn’s women’s basketball program, visit www.buccaneersports.com.