Utah Guard Lani White Commits To Virginia Tech

Utah guard Lani White committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday. (Utah athletics)

Virginia Tech and Megan Duffy received a commitment from Utah guard Lani White on Tuesday evening. She has two years of eligibility remaining.

She’s the third addition for the Hokies — the first through the transfer portal — since Duffy was appointed on April 5, joining high school recruits Leila Wells (5-9) and Kayl Petersen (6-0).

The 5-foot-11 junior from Irvine, Calif., averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game this season. She had three double-digit performances, one of which was an 11-point outing vs. Washington State on Feb. 29.

Though White’s playing time fluctuated, she was on the floor for 10-plus minutes in six of the last 10 games of the 2023-24 season, including for 21 minutes each in the Pac-12 Tournament vs. Arizona State (March 6) and in the NCAA Tournament vs. South Dakota State (March 23).

A product of Mater Dei High School, one of the nation’s premier programs, White was a two-time Second Team All-State performer, earned First Team All-Orange County honors and was named the 2022 Orange County Defensive Player of the Year. She was a McDonald’s All American West nominee, too.

When she signed with the Utes in 2021, head coach Lynne Roberts described her as “a spark plug of energy,” praised her athleticism on the perimeter, her ability to defend multiple positions and her versatility. Roberts called her an “Energizer Bunny” in November because of her outgoing nature and vocal leadership.

White’s commitment gives the Hokies 10 scholarship players for the 2024-25 season and leaves five open spots. Here’s a breakdown:

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  1. Remember when Prince changed his name to “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” and used a symbol. Here’s a symbol for our former coach 🍆

  2. 4 Guards? I feel that one or 2 of them will definitely end up transferring after the season is over.

    1. Got to think the new team will play a very different game than the previous – Lani White is a wing more than a point so I expect a more intense defense and hope we’ll get a big again when the time works better. No point in trying to rebuild last year’s team splay style at this point in time, and likely CMD knows better than we do what she needs for this year. (I loved our playing style the past few years, but it isn’t the only one.)

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