Colin White grew up watching the Buckeyes. Now, he'll suit up for the team he always loved.
The No. 152 overall prospect (No. 33 small forward) in the 2024 class, White is considered the fifth-ranked prospect from Ohio in the cycle. On Sunday, he became the first in-state prospect in the 2024 class to commit to Ohio State.
It is official! @ColinWhite21— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 13, 2023
Colin White, the No. 115 overall prospect in the 2024 class, committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes LIVE on 247Sports.
FULL COMMITMENT : https://t.co/Wyf3sdl0u2 pic.twitter.com/mIyPS1KUKd
The Buckeyes had some ground to make up in White’s recruitment as it didn't actually offer White until July 20 after the coaching staff made trips to South Carolina and Las Vegas to watch White play for Indiana Elite. But Ohio State quickly made up for lost time and it didn't take long for White to choose the Buckeyes after receiving the offer, picking OSU over Butler, Cincinnati, Northwestern and TCU.
The White File
- Class: 2024
- Size: 6-6/180
- Pos: SF
- School: Ottawa-Glandorf (Ottawa, Ohio)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: #152 (#33 SF)
White emerged as an Ohio State target in June when he dominated throughout much of the Buckeyes' high school team camp. Whether it was facilitating the offense as the point forward, operating out of the high post against a zone defense or scoring from anywhere inside the arc, White stood out in a performance that Chris Holtmann and Jake Diebler certainly took notice of.
White with the drive and dish here: pic.twitter.com/lvmRfe7oul— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) June 9, 2023
Another bucket for White on the inside pic.twitter.com/RedGWmOr4p— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) June 9, 2023
Before receiving his Ohio State offer, the forward told Eleven Warriors it “would mean everything” to get an offer from the program he grew up watching. A little more than a month later, that became a reality. He committed to OSU less than four weeks after receiving that offer.
After a great zoom call with @ChrisHoltmann, @JakeDiebler, and the rest of the staff. I am excited and blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University. A huge thanks to the whole staff for recruiting me! @IndianaElite @TysonMac05 pic.twitter.com/MHU2XiMW5E— Colin White (@ColinWhite21) July 20, 2023
Able to play positions one through three on offense and guard the two and three positions defensively, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing will provide versatility, high basketball IQ and playmaking ability.
“Coach Holtmann and Coach Diebler both talked to me and they'll just keep watching on the AAU circuit and really like my game," White said in June. "I'm an Ohio guy, so it's a nice place, I love it here. And they're good people. … They really like me attacking the rim and getting to the rim, using my athleticism. They like how my jumper looks. It's more focused on the defensive end, like who I can guard, what position I can guard, that's one of the main things.”
As a sophomore, White helped lead Ottawa-Glandorf to a state runner-up finish. In his junior season, he led the Titans to the Division III state championship game for the second straight year and they came up just short again, losing to Lutheran East, 67-61, in a game that White had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. While leading the Titans to a 26-4 record last season, White averaged 21 points per game including a school-record 44 points against St. Marys, a team that featured 2023 Ohio State signee Austin Parks.
White played for Indiana Elite on the Adidas USSB circuit this summer. On a team that went 39-3, he averaged 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 49.7% from the field. White was named to the All-Breakout team following his first season on the 3SSB circuit.
Time and time again, White proved that he can compete with the best of the best, not only in the state of Ohio during the season but on the AAU circuit as well as he continues to develop his game and get his body prepared for the Big Ten level.
“He might not play right away, but his ability to develop and play as he gets older is going to be important," a source told Eleven Warriors about White. "If he didn’t play for a non-circuit AAU team for 15u and 16u he would be a top-100 player.”
White has prioritized improvement as a long-range shooter and on defense ahead of his final high school season.
"My shooting ability is probably the main thing," he told 247Sports' Steve Helwagen. "This spring and summer, I have really showcased that. I’ve worked on my shooting and also on my defense and locking in and being a better player on the defensive end of the floor.”
White joins four-star Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) combo guard Juni Mobley – the 44th-ranked prospect in the country – in Ohio State's 2024 class. Mobley and White could potentially be the only two high school commits in Ohio State’s 2024 class, though the Buckeyes will continue to pursue top centers like Jayden Quaintance and Aidan Sherrell.