When Florida State faces Georgetown on Monday night in the second round of the NIT, FSU senior forward Okaro White will set a new school record for games played in a career. White will be participating in his 137th game for Florida State on Monday at the Donald L. Tucker Center. White currently shares the school record with former guard Luke Loucks.
As a senior this season, White enjoyed a career-year averaging better than 13 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds-per-game. White also emerged as a leader on a young team and led the Seminoles with five double-doubles.
White is a testament to longevity as he has played in every single game since first taking the court for the Seminoles in 2010. Along with guard Ian Miller, White has been a part of one of the most successful periods in Florida State basketball history. White and Miller are the only players remaining from the team that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and the squad the won the school’s only ACC title the following year.
The fact that White has been fortunate enough to play for good teams at FSU is another reason for his school record. In his four years, White has played on two NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams. Florida State has also finished with a record of at least .500 in ACC play in each of White’s four seasons.
At a lanky 6’9″ with great athleticism and an ability to shoot the ball, there is certainly speculation that White may have a NBA future. While Florida State fell just short of reaching the NCAA Tournament, White’s play will be key for FSU to advance in the NIT.
In Tuesday’s narrow 58-53 victory over Florida Gulf Coast, White scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and scored seven of the Seminoles’ final 10 points including the dunk with five minutes to play that put FSU ahead for good.
While White has put up solid numbers in each of the last two seasons and has been beyond efficient when it comes to shooting the basketball, he has been one of the more quiet stars for FSU under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Though his career has been largely unheralded, he will stand alone as Florida State’s iron-man come Monday night against the Hoyas.