A long journey has come to a storybook conclusion at least this for this edition in the series.
From a Division II All-American to All-Pac-12 standout directly into a head-turning, nation-wide summer tour, former Colorado guard Derrick White is headed to the NBA. White was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft with the 29th overall pick Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
A native of Parker, Colo., White led the Buffaloes at 18.1 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line in his lone season at the base of the Flatirons. He was named to the Pac-12’s 2017 All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Tournament Team. He was also selected to the USBWA All-District VIII First Team and NABC All-District 20 Second Team.
White is Colorado’s fourth NBA draft pick in the last seven years, marking the coach Tad Boyle era, and third selection in the first round.
Overall, he is Colorado’s ninth first round NBA Draft pick and 34th overall. White is the first Colorado player picked by the Spurs.
On the Pac-12 leaderboard, White ranked third in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage, sixth in assists, seventh in blocks (1.4 bpg), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), 14th in 3-point percentage (.396) and steals and 15th in field goal percentage. He was one of two players, joining the draft’s No. 1 overall pick, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, to rank in the Pac-12 Top 10 in scoring, assists and blocked shots.
White was the league’s second-leading scorer during the conference season at 18.5 points an outing. He had 14 games with at least 20 points, 11 of those coming against Pac-12 competition and included in that were three of his four 30-point outings. He’s the ninth player with four or more 30 point games in a CU career and first with four in one season since Chauncey Billups in 1995-96.
The build up to Thursday’s draft began shortly after his memorable senior season. White shined during a three-game stint at the annual Portsmouth Invitational for seniors in April. He averaged 15 points tied for the 13th best in the tournament to go with 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, earning honorable mention to the all-tournament team.
Next was a breakout performance at the NBA Combine. White performed well in both 5-on-5 competition and skill testing, including the second best three-quarter court sprint time at the combine at 3.08 seconds.
White would go on to work out for about a dozen teams as his stock continued to rise. Prior to his senior year, he was barely on, or entirely off, most mock draft boards, but in the days approaching the draft he had made his way into late first round/early second round territory.
White finished the 2016-17 season with 615 points, ranking seventh at Colorado in a single season while also ranking eighth in assists (148), 10th in field goals (205) and 11th in bocks. His 49 blocks are the most by a guard in a season in team history. White was named the Chauncey Billups Award winner as the team’s MVP.
A two-year All-American at UCCS before transferring to Colorado prior to the 2015-16 season, he finished his four-year collegiate career with 2,527 points (20.9 ppg). White is the sixth player with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference ties to be an NBA Draft pick.
from North Denver News http://northdenvernews.com/buff-derrick-white-is-nba-first-rounder-san-antonio-spurs/