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Dunbar has two dream schools

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Dunbar has two dream schools

Most recruits have a dream school. Ruben Dunbar has two of them.

Dunbar, Glenbard West's 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end, hopes to hear from Ohio State and Michigan. Up to now, he has a dozen offers, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota. But Ohio State and Michigan aren't among them.

He likes Ohio State because former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor was one of his favorite players.

He likes Michigan because he once attended a game at Michigan Stadium and came away awed by the experience.

"I hope they will see my film and offer me," Dunbar said. "I want to make a lot of visits. I'm not sure what to do. I don't care about tradition. I'm looking for a college with a close campus, not too big, with good people, a family-based team with good coaches."

"Once schools see him on film, more will offer," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. "They like his athleticism, his speed and long arms, the way he shuns blocks."

Dunbar hopes college recruiters will closely scrutinize last year's Hinsdale Central film. "I laid someone out. They're recruiting me as a defensive end. It doesn't matter what defense they play (3-4 or 4-3 or 5-2), just as long as I play," he said.

A year ago, Dunbar played "the other end" on Glenbard West's defense--Robin to Tommy Schutt's Batman. Schutt was one of the state's top-rated players. After originally committing to Penn State, he changed his mind and opted for Ohio State.

Dunbar benefited from Schutt's presence. While recruiters watched Schutt on film, they gradually took notice of Dunbar. Opponents double-teamed Schutt, allowing Dunbar to make plays. And when opponents ran away from Schutt, Dunbar was waiting.

"He motivated me a lot," Dunbar said. "He was the leader on the team. He was on the team for three years, someone I could trust on the defensive line, someone who could make a play. I'm working hard because I want to be better than him. I watched film and saw how he took on double teams. I want to be better than that even though he was bigger than me."

Dunbar admires Schutt so much that he plans to ask Hetlet to wear jersey number 10, Schutt's old number, for the 2012 season. "I want to wear it. All defensive line leaders at Glenbard West have worn number 10," said Dunbar, who wore number 99 last season.

"I've always felt I was good enough. I always was competitive. I never put myself under anyone else. I'm very competitive. I don't like losing.

What really gets me mad is people who don't try their hardest. I'm one of the leaders on this team. It's my last season. I'm trying to make my teammates work harder than I am working."

He has one goal for the 2012 season--to win a state championship. The last few seasons have been very frustrating for Glenbard West, especially last year's 10-3 loss to Lake Zurich that snapped a 10-game unbeaten string in the second round of the Class 7A playoff.

"We felt we should have won the game," he said.

Curiously, Dunbar describes himself as a football player who likes to play basketball. He started dribbling a ball when he was 6 years old. It was fun and he and his father went one-on-one in the alley. Then he started to play football in sixth grade and joined the Golden Eagles youth team. All of a sudden, football became a priority in his life.

"I was an offensive tackle as a freshman. Then I was moved to defensive line in the middle of my freshman year and moved up to the sophomore team," he said. "I though offensive line was kind of boring, not fun at all. I liked hitting. I like to make tackles, not block."

He still plays basketball with the Bulldogs' AAU team to stay in shape in the off-season, but he works out every morning in the school's weight room. He has added 20 pounds of muscle since last fall.

"I'm working on getting off the ball more quickly. I feel stronger and just as fast as I was when I weighed 235 pounds," he said. "I just want to play my game. What is my game? Get off the ball and get to the quarterback or running back or get to the ball."

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White was on fire in win over Knicks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White was on fire in win over Knicks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and Dave Watson react to Coby White’s record-breaking game and the Bulls win over the Knicks

0:45 - On Coby White’s unreal 4th quarter

4:45 - On Bulls fans chanting Coby’s name at the end of the game

6:00 - On Wendell Carter Jr. and another double-double

8:20 - Should Coby White be starting?

12:30 - Viewer comment on Hutchison’s role when Otto Porter returns

16:20 - If you could only choose one duo to keep: Zach/Lauri or Coby/Wendell?

19:20 - Viewer comment on a Otto Porter for D’Angelo Russell trade idea

22:00 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn’s game

24:25 - Who should John Sabine’s new best friend be?

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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Coby White helps power Bulls past Knicks with scoring barrage for the ages

Coby White helps power Bulls past Knicks with scoring barrage for the ages

When North Carolina coach Roy Williams talked to Coby White pregame Tuesday, he sensed his former player was a bit down.

“I just told him to relax,” Williams said. “How many years is a talent like that going to play? A decade? Ten games doesn’t define him.”

White’s 11th NBA game, however, will live forever in his and Williams’ hearts.

White authored a shooting performance for the ages, sinking seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ much-needed 120-102 victory over the Knicks and scoring 23 of his game-high 27 points in the final period.

The Bulls and Knicks entered the fourth quarter tied. White became the youngest player in NBA history to make seven 3-pointers, set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter and tied the franchise mark for 3-pointers in a half. He fell two 3-pointers shy of Klay Thompson’s NBA record for 3-pointers in a quarter.

And Williams, who joined the standing ovation and chants of “Coby! Coby!” that boomed throughout the United Center, soaked it all in.

“It was a blessing to have him come all the way out here during his season. That explains the type of relationship you have when you go to North Carolina,” White said. “Our relationship goes beyond basketball. I love him.”

A touching moment played out on the game broadcast as Williams crashed White’s postgame on-court interview to hug him. Asked by NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi what he would say to Williams, White smiled.

“Coach, can you come to more games?” the rookie said.

Alas, Williams can’t. He’s a little busy coaching North Carolina.

But perhaps White’s magic can carry over and help extract him from a slump that produced 3-for-26 shooting from 3-point range over his previous five games. White sank 7 of 11 from beyond the arc overall against the Knicks, scoring 18 points in the game-changing 22-0 run. At one point, White sank three 3-pointers in 54 seconds.

“I told him, ‘I’ve had 20-point quarters and I’ve seen duels with big players. I’ve never seen somebody hit seven 3s in a quarter,’” Zach LaVine said. “I’ve been telling you guys from the get-go. Coby is special. He can score the ball. He got hot. I don’t know how many he had going into the 4th. But it seemed like he had 30 in the fourth. That was as impressive as any of the (fourth quarters) I’ve ever seen.”

This is the second time this season White has taken over a fourth quarter. He scored 11 fourth-quarter points in the road victory over Memphis.

“I thought the beauty in Coby’s game was he let it come to him,” coach Jim Boylen said. “But we found him and we honored what he was doing by keep feeding him. That group did a helluva job.”

Indeed, Ryan Arcidiacono finished with eight assists and one turnover and Kris Dunn posted 13 points with three steals as the oft maligned three-guard lineup came through. White’s performance just screamed the loudest.

“He’s a gamer and he’s a worker,” Boylen said. “It bothers him when he doesn’t play as well as he thinks he could play. He cares.”

That’s evident in White’s off-day routine, which hasn’t changed whether he’s playing well or not.

“Just stick to my craft and what got me here, which is working hard and getting up reps in the gym,” White said. “I know to shoot your way out of a slump, you gotta shoot the ball and stay confident. If you’re not confident, you’re never going to hit shots. I just try to stick to my plan. Get in the gym, get up extra shots and stay level-headed and confident.”

White said Williams told him “to be Coby and use a little more legs on my shot.” And as for where this scoring barrage ranked for the most prolific scorer in North Carolina high school history?

“That’s No. 1,” White said.