A consensus All-America recruit from St. Louis, hopes were high that 6-9 Jahidi White would continue the tradition of dominating Hoya centers established over a decade. Slowed by injuries throughout his four years, White nonetheless provided strength in the middle, particularly in his last two years of play.
White played sparingly in his first two seasons, averaging less than nine minutes a game as a backup to Othella Harrington. In limited action, White showed glimpses of his potential, including a 19 point, 11 rebound effort in December 1995 despite playing only 17 minutes in a 104-60 rout of Morgan State.
By his junior year, White took over at center, collecting 12 points and 16 rebounds in an early season matchup with Seton Hall., followed two days later with 14 points and picked up six blocks in a rematch with Massachusetts. For the season, White averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks a game as the Hoyas advanced to the Big East divisional crown and a berth in the 1997 NCAA tournament. White blocked at least one shot in 27 of the Hoyas' 30 games that season.
With his confidence rising after a strong junior season, White's best efforts came in 1997-98, where he averaged in double figures in scoring and posted five of his eight career double-doubles in the first 10 games of the season. White scored 10 points and eight rebounds against West Virginia, his last game before a season-ending wrist injury that ended his college career. The injury derailed what likely could have been a superlative year for the 6-9 White, who finished his career fifth all-time in blocked shots and among the top 10 in field
White's statistics are understated due in large part to foul trouble: 20 of the 42 games he started were played with four or more fouls. But when he was on the court, White could be a powerful force. Despite averaging less than 20 minutes per game over his career, his points per minute average is 15th all time and comparable to that of Bill Martin and John Duren. White's lasting statistic is in blocked shots. Seventh all time with 169, his blocks per game average over his final two seasons is in the top five all time.
Jahidi White received his degree from Georgetown in 1998. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the NBA's Washington Wizards, where he played seven seasons among four NBA clubs.