There are certain players that you’d love to see blossom into the best college basketball player in the nation. One of those players would have been North Carolina Tar Heels’ point guard Coby White. However, after a great freshman season, White has decided to the enter the 2019 NBA draft.
White helped lead the Tar Heels to a No. 1 seed with a (29-7) record in the ACC. He averaged 28.5 minutes per game this season. Usually, players of his caliber may play 35 minutes per game. However, some freshmen never get an opportunity to run the show in their first college season. Well, White seemed like a different breed from the moment the college season started.
Although White was the No. 27 player in the 2018 recruiting class, he alerted opponents immediately. White was going to be a factor all season. His quickness in the open court is elite. His shooting is more than adequate and he knows how to attack the rim from the perimeter. As a result, White averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his lone college season. He also shot over 35 percent from 3-point range. However, White finished the season at 42 percent from the field. With a little more tutelage, White could have been a 50 percent shooter in college. White has a great touch from the foul line. He shot 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Due to all of his attributes, White may rise in the draft projections before it’s all said and done. There’s a certain point guard from Murray State that is projected to be the first point guard selected. However, something tells me that White may sneak into the top five as well. After all, the draft is about projecting what players can do at the next level. Keep in mind, that White is 6’5. He did average 2.7 turnovers per game. However, that’s what you expect by a playmaker in the open floor.
With White expecting to leave, the Tar Heels are going to need to retool at every position. They already lost a pair of forwards to graduation. Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye had stellar careers. Kenny White, a senior guard, is also graduating from the program. They also lost fellow freshman Nassir Little to the NBA draft. As a result, the Tar Heels only got one season together by the highest rated players on the team.
The Tar Heels will have a new-look in the coming season. They fell short of their goal of reaching the Final Four. Yet, championship aspirations aren’t going to keep the dynamic freshmen from their goal of playing in the NBA.