Shawnee Heights 6-foot-4 shooting guard Tyler White is looking to have a breakout junior season and appears to be on his way based on his showing at the GASO Midwest in Wichita, Kan.
White led the SSA Elite 16U team in scoring averaging 22.8 points in five games.
“Shooting extremely well, but was also very unselfish,” SSA Elite 16U head coach Jeff Tanner said. “He is growing as a player and continues to expand his game.”
White had scoring outputs of 23, 32, 13, 15, and 31 points. His final game of the tournament, a 31-point game, included knocking down 8 of 10 3-point shots and grabbing six rebounds.
“This weekend I felt like I played well all-around,” White said. “Towards the beginning of the tournament my shot wasn’t falling and I still found a way to score, which is something I’ve struggled with in the past. I’ve always been known as a shooter, but I think this weekend I think I showed I can score all the way around.
“Even those games I scored over 30 I was attacking the basket and scoring in transition and I think that’s really what made me the most happy about my weekend was ability to score all the way around and not just shooting.”
White has been making a concerted effort into being more of an all-around scorer in the offseason and improving his game with lifting weights in the morning, workouts at Shawnee Heights, and staying busy with SSA Elite’s schedule.
“I used to be a shooter and not be able to attack at the basket, but this June and last summer is when it started, but coach (Steve) Wallace, coach (Matt) Shulman, and all of my Shawnee Heights coaches talked to me about when I was getting hot and teams were closing out on me to drive by them, shoot pull-ups, and attack the basket,” White said. “I really worked on that this June and I think this weekend really showed my improvements.”
White is looking for a breakout junior season after playing in nine games as a sophomore on Shawnee Heights’ 15-7 team averaging 2.1 points.
“I’m really looking forward to my junior year,” White said. “I really think we can be something special if we all buy in. I just want to be a part of our success this year and I think I can have a big breakout junior season. With the summer work I’ve put in and all of my coaches and teammates having my back, I think I can have a big junior year and help us get that ultimate goal, which is a state championship. I don’t think it’s out of the world for us to do that this year. I just think we all for sure have to buy in especially on the defensive end to be able to do that.”
White will look to continue his success in July with tournaments in Duncanville, Texas (Great American Shootout on July 14-17) and Lawrence (The Hardwood Classic on July 21-24).