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January 16, 2013 Terrence Payne
Northfield Mount Hermon 2013 forward Skyler White came off the boards Monday night, accepting a preferred walk-on spot at George Washington University.
"When I took my official, it just felt like the right place for me," White said in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. "The mix between academics and basketball was perfect. And the coaching staff was unbelievable."
The walk-on spot may be only temporary. The Colonials need a point guard and only have one scholarship remaining for this season. Down the line, White said he could receive a scholarship.
White left offers from other Division I programs on the table, including offers from Jacksonville, Idaho, Winthrop, and Seattle. San Diego, Hofstra, and Colorado State all expressed interest in him as well.
"At first, it was mostly an ego thing, but once I got past the fact that I didn't need a scholarship to prove I was D1 material it was a no-brainer," said White. "And the GW coaching staff recruited me harder than any other school including the ones that had offered scholarships."
The 6-foot-8 forward will add a great shooter touch from behind the arc and an improving inside game, something White told New England Hoop News in December he needs to get better at.
White becomes the sixth NMH player to pledge Division I this season. Zena Edosomwan (Harvard), Anthony Dallier (Yale), Pete Miller (Princeton), and Mike Fleming (Dartmouth) have all committed to Ivy League program, whle Sam Donahue, like White, took a recruited walk-on spot at Boston College.
Josh Hearlihy is the only remaining 2013 recruit still on the board for NMH.
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