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Nera D. White (born November 15, 1935 in Macon County, Tennessee, USA) is a retired American basketball player. She is considered one of the most outstanding female players in history.

She was named AAU All-American for 15 years in a row from 1955 to 1969,[1] and she led the Nashville Business College team to ten AAU national championships during that period. White was named the MVP of the AAU National Tournament nine times.[1] While she played for Nashville Business college, the team once had a stretch of 92 teams where they won 91.[2] White was "widely acknowledged as he greatest woman ever to play the game".[3] In 1966, Harley Redin(head coach of the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens, the dominant team of the 1950's) called her the "greatest woman basketball player in history".[4]

She also led the US National Team to winning the World Championship in 1957,[5] she was named the MVP of the tournament, and voted the Best Woman Player in the World.[2] She was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992[6] and in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999[7]. The high school gym in her hometown, Lafayette, Tennessee is named after her.[8][9] A local highway (State Route 10 North) has been renamed Nera White Highway.[10]

In addition to her basketball prowess, White was also an accomplished softball player. She was honored as All-World in 1959 and 1965 for the ASA Fast Pitch softball team. She played centerfield, shortstop and pitcher. White was the first woman to ever circle the bases in ten seconds.[2]



  • Grundy, Pamela (2005). Shattering the glass. New Press. ISBN 978-1565848221.  
  • Ikard (2005). Just for Fun: The Story of AAU Women's Basketball. The University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1557288899.  
  • David L. Porter, ed (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313309526.  

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