Thursday, April 14, 2011

Virginia Tech's Kyani White transfers to ECU

More fallout from Virginia Tech's coaching switch - freshman guard Kyani White has transferred to East Carolina in search of a more uptempo style of play.

That's interesting, because since new Tech coach Dennis Wolff has only been on the job for a couple of weeks, we don't really know what his style of play will be with this group. Apparently, White's father does, though.

"He's a slow-down coach and it was not a good fit for her," Nsonji White, who coached his daughter at Stonewall Jackson High, told's David Fawcett. The father also expressed concerns that Wolff, the head coach of Boston University's men's team for 15 years, had never coached women.

The move costs the Hokies their best musician, as White is an accomplished percussionist who was majoring in music education. But Tech fans never really got to see what she could do on a basketball court, as White averaged 1.0 points in 8.2 minutes over 17 games (one start) in her debut season with the Hokies.

Still, East Carolina is clearly excited to have her.

 "Kyani is a proven scorer with great ball-handling ability. She has fantastic communication skills on and off the court," Pirates coach Heather Macy said. "We have watched her play since she was nine years old and are excited about her potential in a Pirate uniform. With Kyani, we feel comfortable about our point guard rotation for seasons to come."

White is the second player to lose interest in Tech in the wake of Beth Dunkenberger's resignation. Late last month, 2012 verbal commit Kristen Gaffney from North Carolina's Green Hope High, a first-team All-State pick who averaged 31 points a game, re-opened her recruitment and will consider other schools.

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