Charlotte 49ers Freshman Rodney White Named ESPN.com's National Freshman of the Year

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2.28.2001

Charlotte 49ers Freshman Rodney White Named ESPN.com's National Freshman of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte 49ers 6-10 freshman forward Rodney White (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been named National Freshman of the Year by ESPN.com, edging Seton Hall's Eddie Griffin for the honor. He is the 49ers first-ever Freshman of the Year.

White is the nation's leading freshman scorer, averaging 19.9 points and adding 6.4 rebounds. White, who also leads all of Conference USA in scoring, has twice been named the Conference USA Player of the Week and he has scored at least 15 points in all but one game played this year. He has scored 20 or more points in 10 games played.

White did miss five games with a knee injury. The lone game in which he scored less than 15 points was his first game back from injury (4 pts. in a win vs. Cincinnati). In the five games since removing a supportive brace worn for two games following the injury, White has averaged 24.4 points with 8.2 rebounds while shooting .568 from the floor (46-81) and .444 (8-18) from three-point range.

White was named MVP of N.C. State's CoSIDA Classic to begin the season, becoming the first 49er freshman ever to net 20 or more points in each of his first two games.

"He's awfully good," said N.C. State head coach Herb Sendek, at the time. "He is so strong. We have not seen a post player like him in a while."

Wrote Charlotte Observer columnist C. Jemal Horton, "You had better come to Halton Arena and see this kid play. He's worth it."

White has led the 49ers to a 16-10 record; 8-6 in Conference USA.

The 49ers, winners of six of their last eight, have two regular-season games remaining before heading to the C-USA Tournament in Louisville, Ky., Mar. 7-10.

 

 

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