June 25, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa forward Aaron White was chosen with the 49th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards Thursday evening.
White (6-foot-9, 220 pounds) becomes the 53rd Iowa men’s basketball player to be selected in an NBA Draft and second in as many years (Devyn Marble picked 56th overall in 2014 draft). It marks the first time since 1998 (Ricky Davis and Ryan Bowen) and 1999 (J.R. Koch) that Hawkeyes have been selected by back-to-back NBA drafts. White becomes Iowa’s 19th Hawkeye to be selected in the top two rounds.
The 2015 first-team All-Big Ten and All-District honoree led Iowa to four postseason appearances, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. White finished his collegiate career second in Iowa scoring (1,859), third in rebounding (901), first in games played (140), free throws made (618) and attempted (800), fifth in field goals made (590), and 14th in double-doubles (16). The native of Strongsville, Ohio, became the first player to ever lead the Hawkeyes in rebounding four consecutive seasons. White is the only Hawkeye to amass 1,800 points and 900 rebounds.
As a senior, White became only the second Hawkeye since 1984 (Greg Stokes) to lead the team in scoring (16.4), rebounding (7.3), and steals (1.3) in the same season. White’s 618 free throws made throughout his college career are more than any other Big Ten player the last 50 years.