Romello White grew up watching former Georgia Tech standouts like Iman Shumpert, Glen Rice and Thaddeus Young.
A Georgia native, White will now have the opportunity to cement his legacy among some of the program’s elite players following his commitment to the Yellow Jackets this week.
“I wanted to stay home,” White told the AJC. “And I wanted to play in the ACC. It’s a great school and it’s a good fit for me.”
The 6-foot-9 power forward chose Georgia Tech over several schools, most notably Kansas State, Ole Miss and South Carolina, among others. White will be expected to fill the void left behind in the frontcourt by forwards Charles Mitchell and Nick Jacobs next season.
“They’re losing real good big men, so I’m coming in to fill those spots,” White said. “I’m trying to be a leader.”
White, who transferred from Peachtree Ridge to Wheeler this year, will remain in-state for the next few years. He points to the program’s stellar academics as a key factor in his decision. White has aspirations to become an NBA agent post-basketball and Tech’s business school offered him the best opportunity to do so.
Of course, the decision is one his mother, Catrece Martinez, approves of as well.
“I can make most of the games and not have to worry about missing so many,” Martinez told the AJC. “To watch him at the next level is going to be exciting.”
Martinez says her son’s affinity for Georgia Tech started when he was a kid. White grew up attending Georgia Tech home games and regularly visited the campus while his dad worked at a mobile pokies guide and touring company. Naturally, when coach Brian Gregory began recruiting the 4-star, White and his mother felt most comfortable.
“We became attached to the school, of course,” Jackson said. “Once they started to recruit him, we were pretty excited. I’m glad he made the decision to stay home and go to the school that he’s loved since he was eight.”
White is ranked as the No. 4 player in the state.