James White didn't start his college career at Cincinnati but he sure as heck finished it there. As a senior, he averaged 16.3 points per game and was the leading scorer for the 2005-06 Bearcats, the team that went 21-13, didn't play in the NCAA Tournament and was the lone squad of the Andy Kennedy era.
White's senior season helped propel him into the NBA Draft discussion and then into the draft itself, as he was selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Portland Trailblazers. He didn't even get a chance to start finding a flight to the City of Roses before his rights were traded to the Indiana Pacers for the No. 45 pick and a few future late round draft picks. He was then cut by the Pacers after the preseason and finally landed with the San Antonio Spurs in November of 2006.
After some yo-yoing between San Antonio and Austin (home of the Spur's D-League affiliate), he finally got a chance to play a few games at the NBA level, making his professional debut on March 26, 2007 against the Golden State Warriors. He scored nine points in nearly 15 minutes. He would play in five more games to finish out the season, highlighted by a season-best 17-point effort in a loss to Memphis in mid-April. Even though he didn't contribute much beyond a few minutes of rest for San Antonio's regulars at the tail end of the season, he still got an NBA championship ring after the Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the NBA Finals.
White didn't play in the NBA over the next two years, as he ventured to Europe to play for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League (where he won the TBL Dunk Contest in 2008) and then the Anaheim Arsenal, which is now the Grand Rapids Drive, the D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.
His work with the Arsenal earned him a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets and then a second, both signed near the tail end of the 2009 season. He only played 11 minutes over the course of four games for Houston. He was traded to Denver that summer and then waived before the next season began.
That led him on a three-year trip through the European circuit. He played for Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia), Dinamo Sassari (Italy) and Scavolini Pesaro (Italy). His best season came with Dinamo in 2010-11, as he scored a league-high 21 points per game in 30 contests.
His exploits in Europe came to an end (briefly) when he was signed in the summer of 2012 by the New York Knicks. That signing would begin White's longest stint at the NBA level. He played in 57 games during the 2012-13 season, averaging 7.6 minutes per game while starting in 16. He averaged 2.2 points a contest and shot 43.1 percent from the field. He scored a career-high 20 points in the Knicks' final game of the regular season and he played in four games during New York's playoff run, which ended in the second round.
However, the real highlight of the year for White was his appearance in the NBA Slam Dunk contest, which included his free-throw line dunk complete with flight attendants.
Despite his dunking ability, White couldn't stick with New York and was waived on June 30, 2013.
It was back to Europe from there, with White returning to Italy to play for Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. He played in 29 games and averaged 16.7 points per game during the 2013-14 season, then he signed with UNICS Kazan (Russia) and played 22 games while averaging 11.9 points per game. Last July, he entered new territory, signing with Cedvita Zgreb (Croatia) where he spent the 2015-16 season. He helped the team win its third-straight Croatian League championship in 2016 and is still listed on the roster on the team's website.