Seven months after verbally committing to Mississippi State, St. Martin senior center Daphane White made it official.
The 6-foot-4 standout signed with the Lady Bulldogs as classmates, family and coaches looked on Wednesday at St. Martin High School.
White averaged 22.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and seven blocks a game as the Lady Yellow Jackets finished 18-12 last season.
“Daphane is a special, special girl,” St. Martin coach Gina Bell said. “She’s a great athlete. She came in at a time when we needed that big. She can fill that role. She set records here at St. Martin. She’s been a great asset to our program.”
White has shown significant progress with each season. As a sophomore, she dominated in the paint as a threat to swat away shots.
As a junior, she was much better on the offensive end thanks to her improved strength.
Through the first two games of the 2017-18 season, she is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds.
“I honestly believe when she gets up to Mississippi State she’s going to make an impact there as well,” St. Martin coach Gina Bell said. “She’s going to be an asset to their program. We’re going to miss Daphane, but we’re all so proud of her and all her accomplishments. I can’t wait to see her playing on a big screen at Mississippi State.”
A pair of Coast products, Harrison Central’s Jazzmun Holmes and Ameshya Williams of West Harrison, are already on the MSU roster.