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78. Matt White
BSS 1957
Hometown: New York, NY
High School: LaSalle Academy
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Years on Team: 1954-57
Highlights:
Career Points By Decade, #5
Career Points, #54


Had he made the "1,000 point club" in the Georgetown record books, "Matty" White might have been one of the memorable players of the 1950's. With 751 points over his 61 game career, White's accomplishments deserve a second look.

"[He] was one of the big basketball guys in the old neighborhood," wrote Jay Price of the Staten Island Advance, "going back to when he was a player at LaSalle Academy and Georgetown, the stuff [he] never talked about for fear it might sound like bragging." A multi-sport star at LaSalle, White was the first 1,000+ point high school scorer ever from Staten Island.

Arriving at Georgetown in the fall of 1953, White averaged 15.2 points per game for the freshman team and entered his sophomore year with a high-flying style in an era still known for methodical play.

In 1953-54, his debut year on the varsity, White averaged 11.2 points per game, with eight double figure games and a season high of 22 in an upset of Fordham. His season was cut short when White and three other players were suspended for the final seven games of the season for violating unspecified team rules during a road trip.

White returend to the team in 1955-56 and found himself battling for a starting job alongside senior Jack Walsh and sophomore Ken Pichette. White's ability to play guard or forward as the situation dictated made him a valuable part of the Georgetown teams of 1956 and 1957. His 24 points over Morehead State was a career high, and he scored in double figures in all but five games his senior season. Consistency was also part of his game--in one nine game stretch in 1956-57, White scored exactly 16 points in six different games. White finished runner up to Joe Missett in scoring in 1956 and 1957, and graduated with statistics among the top five scorers of the 1950's by points and by scoring average.

After college, Matt White was a longtime high school coach on Staten Island, and was inducted to the New York CHSAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. White also served over two decades as an assistant basketball coach at the College of Staten Island, before retiring in 2006.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1954-55 17 191 11.1
1955-56 22 290 13.2
1956-57 22 270 12.3
Totals 61 751 12.5
 
Top 25 Career Rankings By Statistic

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

Total

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Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played Not Recorded Not Recorded
Points 24 (2/18/1956) 2 (2 games)
Field Goals Made Not Recorded Not Recorded
Field Goals Attempted Not Recorded Not Recorded
3 Point FG Not Applicable Not Applicable
3 Point FG Attempted Not Applicable Not Applicable
Free Throws Made Not Recorded Not Recorded
Free Throws Attempted Not Recorded Not Recorded
Offensive Rebounds Not Applicable Not Applicable
Total Rebounds Not Recorded Not Recorded
Assists Not Recorded Not Recorded
Turnovers Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Blocked Shots Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Steals Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
* Individual game totals for these statistics not reflected in box scores.

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