Providence Day’s Jatarie White named a McDonald’s All-American
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Providence Day’s Jatarie White named a McDonald’s All-American

    Providence Day’s Jatarie White shoots a layup against Rabun Gap-Nacooche during the NCISAA 3A girls’ state title game at Providence Day School on Feb. 23, 2013.
    Jatarie White, center, recently signed to play college basketball at South Carolina. She was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Providence Day senior Jatarie White was selected Jan. 29 to play in the McDonald’s All American girls’ basketball game.

White is one of 12 players named to the East team, which will play against the 12-member West team April 2 in Chicago. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

White, a 6-foot-4 center, is the first Providence Day girls’ player selected to the game and the only girl from North Carolina selected this year.

ESPN ranks White the No. 7 senior recruit in the nation; she has signed to play at South Carolina next season.

White was named N.C. Associated Press and N.C. Gatorade girls’ basketball player of the year last season after leading her team to a fourth straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state title. She averaged 19 points and 10.6 rebounds last season.

White told the South Charlotte News earlier this season she hoped to be named a McDonald’s All American. “That’s always been one of my top goals,” she said.

White leads Providence Day with 22.4 points, nine rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game this season. The Chargers are 19-3 (through Jan. 30) and undefeated in conference play.

Providence Day was ranked No. 7 in the Jan. 28 Observer Sweet 16 poll.

Earlier this season, White said she also hoped to repeat as state Gatorade Player of the Year.

Outside individual accomplishments, she hopes to win her fourth state championship. “It would mean a lot to me, just that I was part of four state wins, to help my team get there,” she said. “It would be a huge deal to me.”

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