White signs to play for Lee

Posted 5/26/19

Lorenzo White has become the second Baylor School athlete, following Beyuan Hendrick, to ink scholarship papers with Lee University men’s head basketball coach Bubba Smith. White is the son of …

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White signs to play for Lee


Lorenzo White has become the second Baylor School athlete, following Beyuan Hendrick, to ink scholarship papers with Lee University men’s head basketball coach Bubba Smith. White is the son of former Bradley Central and University of Tennessee standout Chris White.

“We are excited to add another local product to our program,” said Coach Smith. “Lorenzo brings us a hard-nosed, tough, and skilled guard who has competed at a high level at the Baylor School. “Watching Baylor play this season, it seemed Lorenzo was affecting the games in many ways, and often in ways that didn’t show up in the stat sheet. 

“He is also a talented quarterback, who could have played college football. Lorenzo has demonstrated leadership qualities that will add tremendous value to our program. We look forward to welcoming the White family to Lee,” concluded Smith.  

Lorenzo enters the Lee hoop circle standing at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. Baylor head basketball coach Mark Price said Lee should be excited to add Lorenzo to its basketball program.

“Zo has a tremendous appreciation for Lee, having grown up in Cleveland. His wealth of experience in football and basketball at Baylor has developed him into a fierce competitor. He has been instrumental in two state Final Four seasons during his last two years at Baylor. I expect him to help push the program toward GSC (Gulf South Conference) championships as well.” 

White attended Bradley County’s Prospect Elementary and Ocoee Middle School, before moving on to Baylor School for the past four years. He noted that former Baylor coach Austin Clark and Coach Price played a tremendous part in his basketball success. “They both taught me toughness and how there is so much more to life than just basketball,” he added “My dad and sister have also played a significant role. The countless nights we have put up shots and played one-on-one games with each other helped me learn to love the game of basketball so much.

“I believe Lee University is the right fit because it fit every necessity in my college decision. Their strong basketball history and prestigious academics are a big part. Coach Smith, (assistant Cole) Rose, and (graduate assistant Brody) Stone are great people, and I believe they will guide me toward becoming a better ball player and a better man,” White pointed out.

“Also, the easy access for my family to attend the games. I know my entire family wants to watch my games more than anything, and I know they are happy about me staying home. Much prayer was used and I am thankful that God is leading me on this path. I hope to bring competitiveness, hard-work ethic, and leadership each and every day to help our team's success.” 

White leaves Baylor carrying a 3.53 GPA and took a look at several northern academic schools (RPI, Macalester, Depauw, Gustavus Aldophus, and Lawrence) along with the football schools that recruited him. He served as captain of the Baylor football team. “My family and I decided to stay somewhat close and narrowed it down to Carson-Newman, Trevecca, and Lee,” he explained. 


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