Some of the greatest players in Sioux Falls Skyforce history have called up to the Miami Heat. Okaro White becomes the latest to join that exclusive group.

After four years at Florida State and a couple seasons in Europe, White’s ultimate basketball goal was reached on Tuesday (January 17) by signing a 10-day contract. Even after earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the Greek League last season, the 6’-8” forward continued to work through Summer League with Miami’s entrant in Las Vegas before earning an invitation to Heat training camp.

The final Heat roster spot was a three-way fight between Briante Weber, Rodney McGruder and Beno Udrih. Thus those in the know like reporter Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel had prospects like White, Stefan Jankovic, Luis Montero and Vashil Fernandez pegged for duty with the Skyforce.

Undeterred, White asserted himself on both ends of the floor by scoring 18.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. His best performance came in a win against the division leading Los Angeles D-Fenders with 36 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Over 10 days Miami will play the likes of Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Golden State and the Nets. From there another 10 days could be in order, depending on their roster status. Miami currently is using an injury exception to add White to the roster because Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Josh Richardson are out for various reasons.

Circling back to Sioux Falls, White now joins Randy Livingston, Bobby Jones, Kasib Powell, Jarvis Varnado, DeAndre Liggins, Justin Hamilton, Tyler Johnson, Henry Walker and Weber as those who switched their address from Sioux Falls to Miami.


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