WHITE SHIELD, N.D. — This year’s North Dakota Mr. Basketball, Jesse White, will continue his career in-state. The White Shield guard announced his commitment to play men's basketball at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton via Twitter on Wednesday.
“Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic & basketball career at NDSCS! Let’s get it started,” his April 7 tweet read.
The 5-foot-11 White finished his illustrious high school campaign for White Shield with more than 2,800 career points, the second-most all-time in North Dakota. He averaged 28 points and six assists per game his senior season. He also added five rebounds on average, to go along with four steals.
NDSCS is a junior college program that plays in the eight-team Mon-Dak Conference. The Wildcats went 16-7 this year and made it to the Region XIII championship earlier this week, but came up short against defending champion Dawson Community College.
White led the Warriors to a District 15 title and 16-8 record this past season. He helped White Shield, the Arikara community on Fort Berthold Reservation in west-central North Dakota, reach the Class B, Region 8 championship game, but fell short in the quest for a state tournament berth.
White was White Shield’s first Mr. Basketball finalist since the award’s inception in 1985. He amassed a big fanbase this season with highlight-reel blocks, passes and 360-degree layups. He’ll be remembered as one of the most prolific high school basketball players in the state.
In an interview with The Forum last week, White said his goal is to ultimately reach the Division I level. He’ll now officially be going the junior college route in hopes of getting there.
White had his fingerprints all over the postseason awards this year. He received Class B first-team all-state honors, and was named the Region 8 Senior Athlete of the Year, as well as Class B senior athlete of the year. White had the highest scoring per game average out of the 16 all-state honorees.