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Former ASU forward Romello White transfers to Ole Miss

Arizona State forward Romello White (23) is defended by UCLA forward Jalen Hill (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Arizona State transfer Romello White has landed at Ole Miss, the Rebels announced Friday.

White averaged 10.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season as a junior.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Romello to the Ole Miss family,” Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis said in a release. “Romello is a very accomplished player that impacted winning at a high level at Arizona State. He finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding last year and became one of the all-time shooters in conference history in terms of field goal percentage.

“Romello is extremely tough, fits very well in our system of play, and we can’t wait to get started this summer. He has such a high ceiling in front of him that can impact the SEC in a great way.”

At Ole Miss, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound White joins assistant coach Levi Watkins, who followed head coach Bobby Hurley to the Sun Devils in 2015 after working at Buffalo. Watkins spent three years at Arizona State before taking a position on the Ole Miss staff in April 2018.

On April 1, White reportedly declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but was still keeping his options available.

But he took another route, as on May 3 reports about his intentions to transfer as a graduate student surfaced. That move caught Hurley by surprise.

“It was obviously not great timing in terms of Romello’s decision, but it’s always any guy’s prerogative to explore their options, and we appreciate everything that Mello did for our program over three years on the court,” Hurley told reporters on May 6. “And he’s graduated and I’ve done my job in that department. We wish him the best in finding what he’s looking for this year.”

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