February 3, 2011 - by
Called Into Action

Feb. 3, 2011

By Sean Grimm

Special to Seminoles.com

Okaro White has been an asset since joining the Florida State men’s basketball team, and he earned his first career start as a Seminole against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in place of the injured Terrance Shannon.

Despite finding out he was starting just a few hours before the game, White appeared more than ready to take advantage of the opportunity.

“I didn’t have the jitters or anything like that, I was ready,” said White after the game.

To say he was active all around the court would be an understatement.  White finished the night with eight points, six rebounds, one block, and four steals in the Seminoles’ 85-61 win over the Demon Deacons.

In the post game press conference, head coach Leonard Hamilton immediately acknowledged White’s impact.

“I thought he [White] stepped in and did an admirable job.  He got in foul trouble early and I thought he responded much better in the second half, he had four steals.”

Everyone knows the key to Hamilton’s heart is playing hard on defense, which is exactly what White against Wake Forest.

White’s four takeaways accounted for one-fourth of Florida State’s steals, as the Seminoles managed to swipe the ball from the Demon Deacons 16 times.

Although this was just his first career start, White has seen the floor plenty this year and the Seminoles are happy with his upside for the future.  He is one of just two freshmen currently on Florida State’s roster, the other being point guard Ian Miller.

White knows the Seminoles will be counting on him more in the years to come, and he says Tuesday’s game definitely boosted his confidence and readiness to contribute to wins for this team.

“It boosted my confidence a lot.  I feel I’ve been in a slump the last couple of games, so it brought me a lot of confidence.”

As for the Seminoles’ next match up, which happens to be on Super Bowl Sunday in North Carolina against the Tar Heels, White says the team would really like to come away with a big away victory.

“We’re trying to get back in the rankings, so we gotta go out there and play out hearts out.”

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