When he led the team in scoring in 1970, coach Jack Magee claimed Art White could be "the best player ever to wear a Georgetown uniform." White's brief but memorable career preceded the events which were about to change Georgetown basketball forever.
White was among three highly recruited forwards in Jack Magee's second recruiting class, along with 6-7 Mike Laughna and 6-8 Mark Mitchell. A second team all-New York selection, White averaged 24 points a game on the freshman team and his scoring ability was so eagerly awaited by some that his 16 point debut versus American was seen as a slight disappointment. Any disappointment was a brief one.
In mid-December, White scored in double figures in 13 of his first 14 games, scoring 24 against Navy, and a 28 point, 15 rebound effort versus Loyola, despite being only 6-5. Against Seton Hall, he shot 8 for 10 in the first half; against Rutgers, he broke up a two on one break with four seconds to play to preserve a one point Hoya win. After a 17 point effort against Holy Cross, including a steal and layup to win the game, Holy Cross coach Jack Donohue called White "the best all around performer we've faced this year."
For the 1969-70 season, White led the team in scoring with a 15.1 average and was second in rebounding with an 8.9 per game average. He saved his best for Georgetown's first post season bid in 17 years in the NIT versus Louisiana State.
In a nationally televised game largely meant to showcase LSU phenom Pete Maravich, Georgetown stole Pistol Pete's thunder. While Maravich was held by guard Mike Laska to 20 points, 24 points under his incredible 44 point average, it was White that scored 28 points and 10 rebounds, bringing the Hoyas back from a seven point deficit in the final 3:08 to close to one in the final 17 seconds. LSU hung on for the win, but Laska's defense and White's offense was the talk of the town. Marquette coach Al McGuire commented that "Arthur White will make a fine pro basketball player."
Hopes were sky-high for a return to the NIT's the following season, but neither Art White nor Mike Laughna was enough. Despite scoring double figures in 21 of 26 games and scoring a 14.2 point average, White was a source of frustration in a disillusioning 1970-71 season that saw the Hoyas start 3-5, win seven of its next eight, then lose eight of its last ten to finish 12-14. The team struggled mightily on defense and were further hampered by discord between its players and head coach Jack Magee.
White's play was taken to task by his head coach. Magee called White "a disappointment" in The HOYA and at season's end would only say that his starting lineup for the next season was "[Mike] Laughna and four others." White did not return to the team for his senior season, as contemporary reports indicated he was sidelined due to academic issues. Despite having not played in 1972, White was actually drafted by both the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and the ABA's New Jersey Nets that spring.
The Art White story ended at Georgetown in 1971, but as far as the Internet goes, it apparently wasn't the end of his college career. In 1974, the University of Waterloo (Ontario) added a 6-5 forward from White Plains, NY named Art White, who proceeded to average 17.8 points and 10 rebounds in leading Waterloo to the 1975 CIAU (now CIS) championship, the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA title. A second team All-Canada selection, White won the tournament's most valuable player award at the championship finals in his only season at the school. The MVP trophy is named after former Canadian national team coach Jack Donohue, the same Donohue who once marveled at a 6-5 sophomore who helped lead Georgetown to an memorable season.