Back injury forces Purdue's White to end career

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue forward Marcus White is ending his college basketball career because of a bad back.

The 6-foot-8 White, who averaged 10.1 points and four rebounds in 20 games last season after transferring from Connecticut, will take a medical hardship and not play in his senior season, Purdue announced Tuesday.

"Marcus has had some back problems in the past," coach Matt Painter said. "As this past season progressed, his condition worsened. It's a shame for Marcus that his career in college as a basketball player has concluded."

White sat out the 2003-04 season with a bulging disk in his lower back. He played in five games for Connecticut as a sophomore and transferred to Purdue in January 2005.

He became eligible for Purdue last December and started five games for the Boilermakers, who finished 9-19 in Painter's first season as coach.

White will remain on scholarship and take classes at Purdue.