Sports Spotlight: Jaylan White
There are not many players that have accomplished as much as Jaylan White. The three-year captain is one of only six Marauders to score at least 800 points and dish out 250 assists.
"It started with my AAU coach. My AAU coach is good friend with coach Kittell, and he called me up, my AAU coach one day, and said 'they need a point guard.' And coach Kittell called me said they're offering me a scholarship, and my AAU coach said it would be a great fit for me. And I believe everything my AAU coach said, it worked out great," said White.
Bringing White to Bismarck was one of Kittell's best decisions.
"So we brought him on campus. Really liked him as a kid, liked his film, and so we took a chance on him and we haven't looked back ever since. No one puts more time in than Jay. I mean, he lives in this gym. He's done it since his freshman year. You'll see him in the gym shooting an hour after a home game, he's in here working on his game and trying to get better. And, he's such a competitor. He's a bulldog on the floor as far as competition level goes, he always wants to win. And so, those two things, his work ethic and his competition level are second to really none," said Kittel.
White's career with the University of Mary is coming to an end but his professional career may be on the horizon.
"After I graduate I plan to get an agent and hopefully pursue a career overseas. Playing overseas has been a dream being a professional basketball player has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid wrote down everywhere I wanted to go everything I wanted to do and being a professional was number one it’s just a big dream of mine traveling the country playing the game I love," said White.
There's a good chance White will land a gig playing in another country but Kittell believes Jaylan will have the most success when he retires from playing and becomes a coach.
"When he comes back to America and settles into a career, he will be a heck of a basketball coach, and I think that's really what he wants to be. And, he just wants to have as much experience playing. You know, they always say, 'don't stop playing until somebody tells you you can’t play anymore.' And I think he'll get told that he can play for a little bit longer," said Kittell.
White and the Marauders have two home games this weekend. UMary will play University of Sioux Falls on Friday followed by Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.