HOOPS: Malcolm White leaving

The starting center on a guard-heavy team, Malcolm White, is leaving for what he termed personal reasons in the news release.

I don’t know more than that at this point, but I do know Malcolm is a hard kid to read — really high with the highs and low with the lows. This may have come as a bit of a surprise to the coaching staff. Malcolm showed some nice flashes on offense, but he struggled to hold the ball in traffic. And on a team that already had lots of guards who could score facing the basket, Malcolm’s style just wasn’t one that allowed him to post up with his back to the basket, make a move and score, the way Dwayne Curtis did so effectively before him.

That’s a style that would benefit this team going forward. I’m sure the staff is beating the bushes for a big man right now, but typically the best candidates are signed by now.

Guards already were the strength of this team, and that will apparently be even more pronounced next season. White was not overly consistent, but he was effective at times and now takes 27 games of low-post starting experience from the team.

This will no doubt require signee Reginald Buckner to grow up in a hurry next fall.

The returning experienced post players will be sophomore Murphy Holloway, senior DeAundre Cranston and sophomore Kevin Cantinol.

— PA


8 Responses to “HOOPS: Malcolm White leaving”

  1. Jay Stokes Says:


  2. rebel2011 Says:

    Not good news as we are paper thin on the front line and super young.

  3. rpmjr Says:

    that’s unfortunate. He really improved so much. And he proved he could make the medium range jump shot. Here’s hoping he changes his mind.

  4. Jay Stokes Says:

    it’s really unfortunate to lose mac. deaundre will have to step it up big next year…along with kevin cantinol. i thought kevin showed some flashes of potential during his few chances at minutes….plus his size gives him an edge. i remember people talking early in the season this year about how he’d probably lose his scholarship after this season to make room for others. looks like he’ll keep it now.

    losing mac hurts…..but i still think the ’09-’10 rebel bball team will be a machine

  5. Jay Stokes Says:

    PA, please tell me he’s not going to LSU!

  6. djrebel Says:

    Jay, I haven’t heard that he was going to LSU. Closer to home kind of limits his choices … Southeastern La. in Hammonda, U-La-La in Lafayette, Nicholls State, Tulane. There’s La. Tech and La Monroe, Northwestern, but those are all about four hours away.

    Sometimes what these guys say when they leave and what they end up doing don’t actually connect.

    — PA

  7. john Says:

    Great story today! Ole Miss Leaders Put Pieces In Place. Well done.

  8. redstickrebel Says:

    If he goes to a D-1 school would he have to sit out a year? I know that LSU is prepared to have rebuilding year next year, so it would make since for him to go to LSU(home). I haven’t heard anything but it sure is interesting. That sounds like another year for Rebs missing one piece of the puzzle. But they are going to run teams to death.

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