By Tom Benoit
August 18, 2013 9:30 PM

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Updated:
8/21/13 4guysinblazers has confirmed that Maurice White has qualified and been declared eligible by the NCAA clearing him to play for the Saints this season.

According to multiple sources, Maurice White, a 6-foot-3 ½, 200-pound shooting guard, from St. Frances in Baltimore, will indeed play for the Siena Saints beginning in the 2013-14 season. White had reportedly given his verbal commitment to Siena in April. He is waiting for final approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse to become eligible and has reportedly been admitted to the school. He previously committed to Loyola, and will be following new Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos to Loudonville. He is expected to arrive on campus on Monday for an official visit. He seemingly confirmed this via Twitter saying, “Leave tomorrow for school” (Monday) followed by:

White had also been recruited by Drexel, Morgan State, NJIT, Robert Morris and UMBC. He will provide added depth to the shooting guard position. White will join fellow incoming freshmen F Javion Ogunyemi, F Lavon Long, PG Marquis Wright, F Mike Wolfe and sophomore transfer G Patrick Cole to make up this year’s incoming recruits. Also added are freshmen walk-ons Jimmy Merrill and Mike Wilson for a total of 8 new faces on the 16 man roster.

Following his decision to decommit from Loyola, RecruitScoop reported: “After decommitting from Loyola (MD), Maurice White is attracting serious attention from Georgetown and Miami, his coach says.”

ESPN Analyst Scouting Report on Maurice White: “White is a tough, strong and competitive wing that attacks the basket in transition. He does a great job of putting pressure on the recovering defenders. White is a very good mid range shooter from the high post and mid wing areas mostly off the catch.”

At the time of his reported commitment to Loyola last October, St. Frances coach Nick Myles described White this way to the Baltimore Sun. “The one thing I can give Maurice is that everything he’s getting right now is earned,” Myles said. “[He wasn’t] a big-hyped guy. [He] wasn’t [a guy] everyone was talking about. He just came in the gym and worked and worked. He worked his way into being that kind of guy. He’s a hard-working, blue-collar guy that will win games for you. ” “He’s just a tenacious defender,” Myles said. “He gets to the basket at will. His jump shot is much improved. He’s just a hard-working kid that’s going to go the extra mile to get better. He has a good future ahead of him.”

White is expected to arrive on campus next week along with the other new members of the squad but will not be eligible to play in the upcoming Montreal trip. Per NCAA rule, incoming players must complete at least 3 summer credit hours to be eligible for an exempt foreign tour.

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