All-time leading scorer in Elkins High history White inks with D&E
ELKINS — Among family, coaches and friends, Elkins High School basketball standout Elliot White signed a letter-of-intent with Davis & Elkins College Tuesday afternoon at EHS.
The senior guard, who is the all-time leading scorer at the school, had offers from several different schools. But in the end, it came down to one thing — staying home.
“Definitely staying home meant a lot,” White said. “Wherever I went, I wanted to be close. Plus I really like coach (Nick) Patella and the system they have at D&E. It’s a restart season for them and they’re kind of building from what they have — I’m just really excited to be a part of the program.”
White averaged 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.1 assists this past season for the Tigers. He was named to the Class AA, all-state second team and was an all-Big 10 first-team selection.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for him (Elliot) to play at a high level,” said Elkins High School basketball coach Amrit Rayfield. “Anytime you can stay close to home and play in front of your family, friends and teammates, it’s a great opportunity. If his game continues to mature, I think he’ll have a really good career at D&E.”
White, who was selected on Tuesday to play in the North-South All-Star Classic on June 7 in Charleston, will be joining teammate Donovan Wiles at Davis & Elkins. Wiles signed with the Senators last month.
“It’s going to be awesome having Donovan there with me,” White said. “I also already know a couple of players on the team, so it’s going to be nice being around people I’m familiar with.”
White said that Rayfield was instrumental in getting him ready to play at the next level. “He’s not only a coach to me but a best friend,” White said. “He’s taught me so much, things both inside and outside the game. He’s a great man and EHS basketball is in great hands. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future.”
White knows there’s a lot to do in order to get ready to play at the next level and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to fine tune his game. “I’m definitely going to be hitting the weight room more,” he said. “I need to get stronger, quicker and faster. I’m ready to start living in the gym in order to be a better player overall.”
White is the son of Bryan and Kim White of Elkins.