HOUSTON – Before his senior season begins, Atascocita big man Fabian White wanted where he would be playing collegiate basketball to be locked down.
On Sunday night via his Twitter account, White announced his commitment to the University of Houston.
“First and foremost I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play basketball,” White wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I m also grateful for my family, friends and coaches who have supported me over the years. I would like to extend my gratitude and upmost appreciation to all the schools that have shown interest and offered me an opportunity to not only further my basketball career but also continue my education.
“It is with great honor that I am proud to announce that I’m staying home and committing to the University of Houston.”
White was a key piece of the 2015 6A State Finalist Atascocita men’s basketball team, helping guide the Eagles to a 38-0 record before falling to DeSoto in the 6A State Championship game at the Alamodome.
Last season, White averaged 18 points per game and eight rebounds per game as a junior.
“They are getting a solid skilled four who is an incredibly hard worker,” Atascocita coach David Martinez said. “University of Houston got a good one. Congrats to Coach Sampson and staff, they won’t be disappointed … He can now put this behind him and concentrate on having a great senior year.”
The Atascocita senior was rated as a three-star power forward by Rivals. White fielded nine college basketball offers, picking University of Houston over schools including TCU, SMU, Florida Gulf Coast and UTSA.
White is listed at 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds entering his final season with Atascocita.
The University of Houston men’s basketball program went 22-10 last season, qualifying for the NIT. Kelvin Sampson enters his third season at the helm of the program.
Sampson’s vision for him is what sold him on the University of Houston, White said and it’s time for Houston to be back on the map.
As far as playing in his hometown?
“Yeah it is (special),” White said. “I’ll be playing for my city.”