Wichita State sophomore Jake White is leaving the Shockers on good terms.
White, a 6-foot-8 forward, asked for and received his release from the men’s basketball team this week. He intends to transfer to another NCAA Division I school with the help of WSU coach Gregg Marshall.
“We wish him nothing but the best in his pursuit of a situation where he is more of a focal point,” Marshall said. “Jake’s been a part of a Missouri Valley Conference championship, part of a Final Four team. He’s been a great representative.”
White confirmed his release from the program with a text message. He did not return a message seeking further comment.
White attended the team dinner with Kirstie Alley this week and will be at Monday’s public celebration at Koch Arena. Marshall wants White to enjoy his role in the Final Four, regardless of his future.
“I told him ‘Do not let this take away from what you accomplished,’ ” Marshall said.
White, from Chaska, Minn., played in 37 games as a sophomore and averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.9 minutes. He scored a career-high 11 points in home games against Bradley and Illinois State. He grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in a home loss to Evansville. His knack for offensive rebounding made him an important part of WSU’s rotation, especially during MVC play.
White’s playing time dipped during the NCAA Tournament. He made his biggest contribution against Gonzaga, playing nine minutes and scoring five points. His tip-in to beat the halftime buzzer gave WSU a 36-31 lead over the nation’s top-ranked team.
White faced a crowded frontcourt at WSU next season. Cleanthony Early returns for his senior season after earning NCAA All-Tournament honors and averaging 16.2 points 7.6 rebounds in five games. WSU added 6-foot-8 forward Earl Watson, a transfer from Chipola (Fla.) College in the November signing period and recently received a non-binding oral commitment from forward Darius Carter of Vincennes (Ind.) University.
Marshall said coaches are helping him find a school.
“He’s got some cachet now,” Marshall said. “His resume is pretty strong. He wants to be the guy taking the shots, and I respect that.”
As a freshman, White played in 21 games and averaged 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.
White signed with WSU in November 2010. He averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior to earn second-team All-State and All-Metro honors.