White, 25, was reportedly arrested earlier this month in the Bay Area and extradited to Georgia for a 2012 murder plot in which he was allegedly involved.
The alleged details of the slaying are bizarre, if not interesting. Did we mention the Russian mob is allegedly involved? Yeah, the Russian mob is allegedly involved. From the San Mateo County Times:
White and four others, including a Russian mobster, are charged in the July 7, 2012, slaying of Melvin Vernell III, who rapped under the name Lil Phat, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Vernell, 19, was gunned down by two men at a hospital in Sandy Springs, which is about an hour north of Atlanta, as his girlfriend was preparing to give birth.
Prosecutors believe the suspects were “business associates” and conspired to hire hitmen to kill Vernell. They were allegedly motivated by drugs and other business dealings.
Russian mobsters! Rappers! This is already very weird. But a college basketball player allegedly being “business associates” with a Russian mafioso is the most shocking and curious part of this story. White’s role in the murder is not clear at this point.
As a senior last season with S.F. State, White averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds. The guard had a decorated high school career at Junipero Serra in San Mateo before starting his college career under Bobby Knight at Texas Tech in 2006. (Fun factoid: At Texas Tech White was a roommate of Michael Crabtree’s.) He then transferred to Santa Clara, where he played during the 2008-2009 season before transferring to SFSU last fall.