The Sydney Kings today announced that point guard William McDowell-White has joined the team as a Development Player for the remainder of the 2016/2017 NBL season.
An unfortunate season-ending ankle injury suffered last week by Tony Tolovae in a game between young Kings players and the NSW Under 20s squad saw a vacancy open up with the Kings and the organisation is thrilled to be able to add an exceptional young talent in McDowell-White at this late stage of the season.
One of Australia’s most promising ballplayers, McDowell-White first sprang into prominence at the 2014 adidas Global Nations event held in Long Beach, California, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game against some of the brightest high school prospects in the United States.
The next year he represented the Australian national team in the 2015 Under-19 FIBA World Championships at 17 years of age, more than holding his own against older and more developed players.
Since then, he has impressed in two events held under the watchful eye of both NBA scouts and NCAA college recruiters – the 2016 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp and the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit.
Heavily recruited by a number of NCAA Division One schools, including powerhouses like Michigan State, Louisville and USC, the 195cm (6’5”) McDowell-White has elected to return to Australia after initially planning to attend college in the States.
Born in Brisbane and the son of former AFL premiership player for the Brisbane Lions, Darryl White, the timing of McDowell-White’s availability has worked in favour of the NBL and sees the continuing its recent trend of high-profile Australian players joining its ranks.
Sydney Kings Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen is excited to add a player of McDowell-White’s great talent and enormous potential to the team’s roster.
“We feel that William is an excellent pickup for us,” Mr Van Groningen said.
“We are confident that William will fit in well here as he continues his development. He’ll benefit from working with Kevin Lisch and Jason Cadee on a daily basis and equally he’ll have a chance to complement that backcourt. We are pleased to have him join us”
“Importantly, by signing him as a Development Player, we allow him the chance to take a fresh look at things at the end of the NBL season, including keeping his NCAA options open should he wish to”, Mr Van Groningen added.
Kings Head Coach Andrew Gaze is looking forward to coaching the up-and-coming, athletic backcourt prospect.
“Will is still only 18 years old, but has shown a really good feel for the game and has terrific size at the point guard spot”, Mr Gaze said.
McDowell-White has arrived in Sydney and, subject to final clearance, is expected to be in uniform for the team’s crucial Round 13 game against the New Zealand Breakers this Friday night at Qudos Bank Arena.