According to the The News-Gazette's Scott Richey, former Fighting Illini standout Chatrice White will transfer to Florida State to finish her career. White, who had previously announced her intention to leave the program last month, was a 2015-16 Second Team All-Big Ten selection after averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Can't wait to get down to Tallahassee this summer! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/46Hh7yqGLB— Chatrice White (@thatWHITEgirl32) May 11, 2016
The Nebraska native arrived to Champaign as a McDonald's All-American in 2014, and she was well on her way to becoming one of the best players in program history.
White's father told The News-Gazette that one of the main factors behind the original decision to leave Illinois was the lack of postseason appearances. The Seminoles went 25-8 (13-3) while reaching the Sweet Sixteen last season, so White will likely get exactly what she's looking for in Tallahassee.
"We discussed it and I said, ‘Gosh, if you want out, you don't have to wait,'" White's father, Bob, told The News-Gazette late Friday morning. "She absolutely loves the school, loves the fans, loves her teammates — just loves everything about it. The one missing element was postseason play. That was the holdup.
"She absolutely struggled with the decision on leaving because she just loved it so much, but I think it was time for her to move on and hopefully move up, playing in the postseason and deep into the postseason."
The recent controversies surrounding the women's basketball program probably didn't help matters for Illinois, either. But, publicly, it sounds like the two sides are departing on somewhat good terms. So good luck to Chatrice as she heads to the ACC.