May 11, 2016 - by
Double-Double Machine Chatrice White Transfers to #FSUWBB


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – One of the country’s most skilled centers in Chatrice White has filed her paperwork and completed her transfer to Florida State Women’s Basketball. The former All-Big Ten performer at Illinois will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2017-18 season, but will be enrolled in classes throughout the 2016-17 year.

“Chatrice is a perfect complement to the players we have coming in,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She has an excellent skill set with the ability to stretch the defense. She is eager to use her redshirt year in residency to grow every aspect of her game.

White comes to FSU with several accomplishments in her first two years of collegiate basketball. She recently finished her sophomore season that included 18 double-doubles to lead the Big Ten and rank among the Top 15 in the nation. Through her two-year collegiate career she has 24 double-doubles, which includes an impressive stretch last season where she finished with double-figure points and rebounds in five straight games.

The 6-foot-3 player from Shelby, Neb., comes in a similar mold of graduated All-America center Adut Bulgak. White has already made 56 3-point field goals but is solid on the block as well, averaging 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and making 219 field goals as a sophomore. White also totaled 63 blocks this past season and shot 76.2 percent (93-of-122) from the charity stripe.

White chose Florida State over fellow ACC programs Notre Dame and Louisville.

For her career, the highly-skilled center is averaging 16.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. She was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team as a sophomore, was an All-Big Ten Freshman and also earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in the 2014-15 year.

Double-Double Machine Chatrice White Transfers to #FSUWBB

As a freshman with the Illini, White notched double-figure point totals in 27 of her 31 games played, including 30 points against Michigan on Feb. 28, 2015. That single-game figure was then surpassed when she recorded 35 points against Michigan on Feb. 7, 2016, the most points for an Illini since 2001.

During her superb sophomore campaign, White notched her 1,000th point scored in her 61st game to become the second-fastest Illini to reach that mark in program history. She will begin her FSU career with 1,010 career points.

White has some familiarity with at least one current Seminole in All-America forward Shakayla Thomas. The two played together on last summer’s USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that took gold at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Russia with a perfect 7-0 record. In a 78-70 championship win over Russia, White contributed with 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes played.

White is also a 2014 McDonald’s All-American out of Shelby-Rising City High School. Since the 2013-14 season, White will be the fifth McDonald’s All-American to suit up for the Seminoles, joining Natasha Howard (2010-14), Morgan Jones (2012-15), Kai James (2013-present) and Thomas.

Despite having to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, White figures to join an ultra-talented squad in the 2017-18 year. The incoming freshmen class is rated fourth-best nationally by ESPNW and includes five-star players Nicole Ekhomu (guard; Bolingbrook, Ill.), A’Tyanna Gaulden (guard; Ocilla, Ga.) and Jasmine Walker (forward/center, Montgomery, Ala.). Talented guard Nausia Woolfolk (Fort Valley, Ga.) and forward Iho Lopez (Blanes, Spain) also make up the class.

By the time White’s eligibility comes back into play, FSU figures to also have one more season from Thomas, sharp-shooting guard Imani Wright and center Ama Degbeon. Fellow Seminole Maria Conde would begin her junior year in 2017-18.

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