Clarksville, TN – Just a day after winning their first District 10-AAA tournament title, Rossview High School standout Janie White made her future plans official, February 18th, by signing with Ivy League member Brown University to play basketball for the Bears.
White, a 6-foot-3 center/forward, chose Brown over more than 30 schools that had shown interest – including her other final choices Penn, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee and Pepperdine.“Pepperdine, Penn and Brown were my high academic choices, and MTSU and Chattanooga were the kind of closer stay at home more basketball oriented, but I decided that in the long run academics was going to be my main focus in what I wanted to achieve in life,” White said. “Actually, Brown wasn’t in my final four, but then they called me and I told them no, but then I decided that I should visit and when I was there I just knew it from the first time that I was there. It was incredible.”
Brown is currently 8-14 this season, with five seniors on the squad – including four being forwards.
“One of my focuses on deciding on a school was the team and the coaches and how I got along with them,” White said. “They would be the people that I would be spending most of my time with and at Brown they were incredibly nice and I got along with every single one of them.
“That’s kind of my favorite thing about Brown, the basketball team is great and academically it’s hard to compete with an Ivy League school. It was a great environment to be in and I’m really excited to be a part of that next year.”
White had been a highly-ranked player in the state of Tennessee since her freshman season and is ranked 16th in her position in the Class of 2014 on ESPN High School Players Rankings.
“My first offers came after my freshman year and the more I played with the Tennessee Flight (AAU team),” White said. “But it was between my sophomore and junior years when a lot of them (offers) started come in and contacting me. It’s hard to say just how many schools contacted me, but it was 25 to 30, maybe more.”
Austin Peay was also a consideration, but White wanted to not just take the safe pick and start new in a new place.
“Austin Peay was always there,” she said. “Because they were close to home and that’s where I was comfortable. But I realized that getting out of your comfort zone is kind of the next step in life and that’s what I wanted to get too.
But with her future plans set, White and her Lady Hawk teammates aren’t quite through with this season just yet, as they head to the Region 5-AAA tournament, February 21st, hosting Lebanon High School.