As a journalist, it is imperative for us to perform objectively and not pick favorites. That’s why you don’t see us cheering on press row or wearing jerseys to games.
That rule of journalism is the exact reason why I donâ€™t have a favorite player on the Hoosier basketball team. That rule of journalism is the reason why I don’t pick favorites or campaign for specific player’s playing time. I don’t touch that conversation. I let Coach Sampson make those decisions.
But if you really, really twisted my arm, and this is purely hypothetical, and I had to choose someone because my life depended on it — it would be Mike White. At first, it was a little bit of a running joke (laughing with, not at you Big Mike), but after looking at his statistics I think itâ€™s time to make the case for â€œThe other White meat.â€
The Hoosiers are 3-1 in games that White plays double-digit minutes in. The only loss on White’s record came in the Duke contest, where White played 25 minutes and pulled down eight rebounds. Outside of Suhr, no one played with more energy that night, and Mike, not D.J. helped keep the Hoosiers in the game.
Whiteâ€™s season low in minutes came against Butler (2) and Kentucky (5) â€“ both which resulted in Indiana losses.
The Louisiana native is second on the team in minutes per rebound, pulling down a board every 4.1. Surprisingly, White is second to Rod Wilmont, who comes in with a rebound every 4.4 minutes. D.J. White is third, with 3.6.
I’m not ignorant to some of White’s faults. He is a lot closer to 6-foot-4 than he is 6-foot-3. His foul shot is medicore. And he doesn’t really have much range. But he’s a bruiser. He gets a lot of rebounds and keeps the ball alive. With a guard orientated offense, the Hoosiers could use an extra guy rebounding and not looking to get his own shot off.
Like I said, Iâ€™m a journalist, I donâ€™t take favorites. I donâ€™t tell Coach Sampson how to do his job. Iâ€™m totally neutral. People look at me and think I’m Swedish. And I most certainly, do not take favorites. That being said, if you really made me choose somebody…
I sure would like to see more of â€œThe other White meat.â€