Jack White is the perfect candidate to carry on Boomers culture
White's stellar play for the Boomers this qualifying window, and history of high character leadership, personifies all that our national program is about.
The Australian Boomers’ latest showing in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers came and passed last week in early July, marking the debuts of seven players to the men’s national team.
One of those debutants was 24 year old Melbourne United forward Jack White. Whilst it was his first time in the green and gold (which he described as a “dream come true”), his presence in the program felt all too natural, as he sat in the postgame press conference next to head coach Brian Goorjian to discuss the team’s 71-48 win against China on Sunday night.
White led the team in their second matchup against China, scoring 16 points and adding a team-high 14 rebounds, whilst proving to be a pivotal component in Australia’s suffocating defensive effort that resulted in the Chinese team shooting a woeful 27.9% from the field.
It’s not often that White stands out on the box score. His on-court value generally is of a more intangible nature, but the performance typifies the individual growth White has seen in his game since turning professional.
White played with confidence on the offensive end of the floor, bringing the ball up and attacking downhill, using his strength and athleticism in the dunker’s spot, and most refreshingly, shooting the outside shot with confidence, as Goorj noted with enthusiasm postgame.
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