Okaro White's Must-See Dunk Helps Lead the Florida State Seminoles to Victory (Video)

By Michael Roberts

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Okaro White’s throw down off an inbounds pass helped lead the 9-5 Florida State Seminoles over the 8-5 Clemson Tigers in a 71-66 victory.


White’s thunderous jam was the highlight of the Seminoles winning their first conference game of the season. The 6-foot-8 junior led Florida State in scoring  against host Clemson with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Although his dunk was the most impressive highlight of the game, it hasn’t White’s most important play of the contest. Florida State was up by as many as 16 points in the second half before a furious run by the Tigers saw their lead evaporate down to 66-63 with Clemson owning possession of the ball while only 18.5 seconds remained.

Clemson’s Rod Hall attempted to inbound the ball in the left corner of the Seminoles’ basket before White once again recorded a highlight reel inbounds play. Hall went to pass the ball to teammate Milton Jennings until White jumped in front of the pass attempt, snatching up the ball with one hand. He was immediately fouled by Jennings and nailed his two free-throw attempts to help secure Florida State’s victory.

The forward is the Seminoles second leading scorer and rebounder with his averages of 12.8 points and six rebounds. White is the team’s second most important player after senior Michael Snaer, as the young Florida State roster that features five freshmen depends on the junior to help lead by example. Given the success of the Seminoles’ new inbounds play, Florida State fans are hoping freshmen like Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert will follow White’s influence.

White’s road victory stealing performance against the Tigers came at a key time with the team’s leading scorer, Snaer struggling to produce. Snaer was scoreless at half-time despite Florida State being up 38-25 entering the break. He’d finish with eight points while shooting 2 for 7 from the field, making it only the second time this season the ACC’s third leading scorer was held to single-digits.

After coming off a 78-72 loss to the Auburn Tigers in which White fouled out, the junior delivered perhaps his best all-around performance of the season against Clemson.

Michael covers ACC and Big East basketball along with the Toronto Raptors for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelxRoberts

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