Florida State senior forward Okaro White has played more games for the FSU basketball team than any Seminole– ever (138). That will come to an end this week at Madison Square Garden, as the ‘Noles contend for the NIT Championship.
White is Florida State’s top rebounder, third-highest scorer, and emotional leader. We chatted with him about closing out his FSU career:
How’s the trip been so far?
Everything’s been going good, I’m back in the city where I started.
How does your familiarity with Minnesota help you tomorrow night?
I want to say it will help us, but we played them four months ago so I think we’re both different teams. I think some of our M.O. may have changed, but you’ve got different guys stepping up who’ve been playing well over the past ten games for them, and that’s just like us also. We’ve just got to make the adjustments we need to make in the game plan and pay attention and focus on those adjustments.
You just missed the NCAA tournament, is it validating to be playing so well in the NIT?
We were down about the tournament a little bit but if you’re a true basketball player you just love to play basketball. So we’ve got an opportunity to play in the NIT and that’s what we’re doing, we’re trying to win it all.
What would it mean to close out your career at FSU with an NIT win?
It does mean a lot. . . . It means a lot already just to get to the Final Four but it’d be even better to go on and win it. To come home with a championship, because there’s not a lot of guys that they end their college career with a win, so that’d be great.
How has the program grown since you’ve been here?
I feel like we’ve really turned it around. . . . I think the program is on the uprise.
What’s next for you?
I haven’t made any plans yet, don’t really know what’s on my plate for the future but all I’m worried about right now is the Final Four and bring home the championship to Tallahassee.
FSU tips off against Minnesota in a semifinal Tuesday night at 9 pm.