The Fresno State men’s basketball team filled its most glaring offseason need Wednesday by getting an oral commitment from Australian point guard William McDowell-White.
The 6-foot-5 McDowell-White is rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com, making him the most highly-rated pick up of coach Rodney Terry’s five-year tenure.
McDowell-White’s commitment was first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com and confirmed by a team source.
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Terry and Fresno State are not allowed to comment under NCAA rules until McDowell-White signs a national letter of intent, which is expected to take place by week’s end.
The Bulldogs have been recruiting McDowell-White for more than a year with Terry making a visit to the recruit’s home in Brisbane, Queensland. McDowell-White is described by scouts as a strong ball-handler with a natural feel for the pick-and-roll.
Fresno State, which last month made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, is in need of backcourt help following the graduations of Marvelle Harris, Cezar Guerrero and Julien Lewis.
William McDowell-White reportedly chose the Bulldogs over Arizona State, Texas A&M and other Power Five programs and will join older brother Darryl in the central San Joaquin Valley. Darryl McDowell-White previously committed to Fresno State.
They’ll join another newcomer in forward/center Lazaro Rojas of Brazil. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Rojas has signed after spending last season at Score Sports Academy in Florida.
He was also recruited by Maryland, North Carolina State, Alabama and Ohio State, according to media reports.
In addition, the Bulldogs last week signed 6-4 guard Jacob Holland of Otero Junior College in Colorado.