TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Okaro White, who helped the Seminoles win the 2012 ACC Championship, has signed a contract with the Miami Heat. A two-year professional, White was the MVP of the Greek Basketball League in 2015 where he averaged 13.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the Eurocup basketball club Aris Thessaloniki. He was named the Greek Basketball Player of the Year and named to the All-Greek A1 League First Team, to the All-Defensive Team and to the All-Imports Team.
White averaged 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in five games as a member of Miami’s team in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. He scored in double figures three times with 17 points coming against New Orleans, 12 against Phoenix and 11 against Denver with a double double of 12 points and 12 rebounds coming against the Suns.
“I’m in Miami and I really enjoy the work we have been doing in the Heat facility,” White told seminoles.com. “I am working with the strength and conditioning coaches and with the coaches on the court. I really like the fact that we have gotten into the gym early, maybe earlier that most other teams. Right we now are focused on individual development and I assume we will start playing pick-up soon.”
White also played for the Orlando Magic during the 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League and the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015 Orlando NBA Summer League. White participated in training camp with the Grizzlies prior to the start of the 2015 NBA season.
White finished his career at Florida State in 2014 as the Seminoles’ all-time leader in games played with 139. He was a member of the All-ACC Defensive Team in 2014, played on two NCAA Tournament teams and helped Florida State win its first ACC Championship in 2012. White earned his degree from Florida State in social science in 2014. He completed his career ranked among the Seminoles’ top 25 career leaders in scoring (1,402 career points, tied for 16th in school history), rebounding (704, 14th), blocked shots (107, 10th), free throws made (401, fifth), free throws attempted (502, seventh), free throw percentage (.799, tied for seventh), field goals made (466, tied for 25th), games played (139, first) and games started (94, 10th).
He spent the 2014-15 season as a professional in Italy and excelled in Greece during the 2015-16 season. During his first professional season, White averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and one blocked shot for Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna.
White’s signing brings the Heat roster to 17 players. Teams are allowed to carry as many as 20 players during the offseason before having to reduce their roster to 15 when the regular season begins.
“This is an all-around top-notch organization and I am proud to be a part of it,” added White.