What Did Lawrence White Do to Play in the “Big Dance”

Posted: March 15, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Defense, NCAA
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  1. He had a lot of choices to play after high school…He chose AVC

  2. He was a “academic freak” at AVC who studied his b..tt off taking University of California level classes!
  3. He had many offers for D-1 scholarships out of AVC…he chose a University known for its academics, not its basketball.
  4. He led his team at Davis on the defensive end during his two years and and as they say, “Defense leads to wins.”  Where UC Davis today?

White can’t wait for NCAA First Four game

By: Alex Vejar


A former player on the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team will get his first taste of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament today.

Lawrence White, a senior guard on the UC Davis Aggies, will start for his team against the North Carolina Central Eagles in a First Four game to determine which team gets to face No. 1-seeded Kansas in the first round on Friday.

"There’s really no words," White said. "Just seeing our name up on that screen – that’s every kid’s dream, every (junior-college) transfer’s dream, every hooper’s dream. To see our name up on that board and get a chance to dance is unbelievable."

UC Davis made school history Saturday with its come-from-behind 50-47 win over UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament championship game. The Aggies edged Cal State Fullerton 66-64 in overtime the night before.

The very next afternoon, UC Davis found out that it would play NC Central in the tournament during the Selection Show television special.

"My heart was almost beating out of my chest," White said of how he felt when watching his team get its name drawn on the show.

While UC Davis will appear in its first-ever NCAA Tournament, Aggies head coach Jim Les has been there twice before – once as a player and once as a coach. Les told reporters in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday that his previous tournament experience could help his player prepare for what they would experience in the tournament.

"Really, I think my greater value to them is having been a player and all the things I’ve experienced just helping them deal with their mindset," Les said. "I tell them all the time there isn’t anything I didn’t experience from being a guy that came off the bench the last guy on the bench to being a starter to being the leading scorer to being the guy who scored the least."

The Aggies will face an Eagles team that won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship by beating their three opponents by an average of 23.6 points. But after watching film on UC Davis, Eagles head coach LeVelle Moton developed respect for the Aggies and their defense, which he said is a "spitting image" of NC Central’s defense.

"They’re really good, well-disciplined and well-coached," Moton said of UC Davis. "And we’re going to have to be on point."

White said defense will be key for UC Davis’ hopes for a victory today, and he feels "very confident" going into the game.

"I’m a little nervous, but more excited than anything, anxious," White said. "I want to play already, man. They got us out here waiting. I just wanna play."

White has started 33 of his 34 games played, and averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Aggies.

The Aggies play the Eagles at 3:40 p.m.

avejar@avpress.com

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