Derrick White (basketball)

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Derrick White
No. 4 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-07-02) July 2, 1994 (age 24)
Parker, Colorado
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolLegend (Parker, Colorado)
College
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentSan Antonio Spurs
2017–2018Austin Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Derrick White (born July 2, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played three years of college basketball in Division II for the Colorado–Colorado Springs Mountain Lions before transferring to Division I with the Colorado Buffaloes for his final season.

High School career[edit]

A 2012 graduate of Legend High School. All-state honorable mention and All-Centennial League First Team for the Titans. Led team to state playoffs in junior and senior seasons. Averaged 19 points, five assists and four rebounds. Also a member of the Titan baseball team.

College career[edit]

White, a combo guard, was lightly recruited out of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado, receiving no scholarship offers from any four-year institutions. At the time of his high school graduation, which fell about two months before his 18th birthday, he was barely 6 feet tall—after growing two inches during his senior year.[1] The only head coach at a four-year school who showed sustained interest in White was Jeff Culver, then the head coach at the Denver campus of Johnson & Wales University, a non-scholarship NAIA member better known for its culinary program. By the time White was preparing to make his college decision, Culver was hired as head coach at NCAA Division II Colorado–Colorado Springs, and offered White a room and board stipend for his freshman season.[2] Culver was only expecting White to become a starter late in his college career. He was aware that White's father had a late growth spurt in college, and also knew that doctors had projected White to potentially reach 6'5".[2] As it turned out, White reached that potential height by the time he enrolled at Colorado–Colorado Springs.[1] With his newfound size and athleticism, White became a star at UCCS, starting every game of his three-year career and left as the school's career leader in points (1,912) and assists (343). In his junior season, he averaged 25.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Mountain Lions, leading the team to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.[3] He was named an All-American.

Following this season, White opted to transfer to Division I Colorado to play for Tad Boyle and to test his skills in the Pac-12 Conference, one of the top college leagues in the country.[4] After sitting out the 2015–16 season per NCAA rules, White excelled in his lone season with the Buffaloes, averaging 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He was named first-team All-Pac-12 and a member of the five-man All-Defensive team.[5]

Professional career[edit]

San Antonio Spurs (2017–present)[edit]

2017–18 season[edit]

White was one of 60 NBA prospects invited to the 2017 NBA Draft Combine.[6] He was one of only 15 combine invitees who had not been Rivals top-150 prospects in high school, and one of only three who did not sign with Division I programs out of high school. In addition, according to Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg, he was also "the only one who will use part of his first NBA contract to pay off student loans he accumulated paying for tuition at UCCS as a freshman."[2]

The San Antonio Spurs drafted White with the 29th pick of the 2017 NBA draft.[7] White was later included in the Spurs' 2017 NBA Summer League roster.[8] On July 6, White signed with the Spurs.[9]

On October 18, 2017, White made his NBA debut, coming off the bench in a 107–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[10] On October 31, 2017, he was sent along with Dāvis Bertāns to the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League.[11] White suffered a fractured right wrist during a G League game against the Texas Legends. He was then recalled to San Antonio several days later.[12][13] On March 12, 2018, White scored a career-high 14 points along with four rebounds, one assist, and a block in a 93-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.[14]

On April 14, 2018, White made his NBA playoffs debut, coming off the bench with seven points, a assist, a steal, and a block in a 92–113 loss to the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of the series.[15]

2018–19 season[edit]

On October 12, 2018, White was revealed to have a left plantar fascia tear.[16] On November 7, White made his season debut recording one rebound and three assists in a 95–88 loss to the Miami Heat.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 San Antonio 17 0 8.2 .485 .615 .700 1.5 .5 .2 .2 3.2
Career 17 0 8.2 .485 .615 .700 1.5 .5 .2 .2 3.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 San Antonio 3 0 6.0 .500 .500 .0 .3 .3 .7 2.3
Career 3 0 6.0 .500 .500 .0 .3 .3 .7 2.3

NBA G League[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Austin 24 24 28.1 .452 .329 .873 5.0 3.3 1.3 1.2 20.1
Career 24 24 28.1 .452 .329 .873 5.0 3.3 1.3 1.2 20.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Austin 4 4 32.8 .450 .344 .941 4.8 4.0 1.8 1.8 24.8
Career 4 4 32.8 .450 .344 .941 4.8 4.0 1.8 1.8 24.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Colorado–Colorado Springs 24 24 29.6 .426 .342 .808 3.8 2.1 1.5 1.0 16.8
2013–14 Colorado–Colorado Springs 28 28 30.6 .480 .286 .826 6.3 4.2 1.1 1.5 22.2
2014–15 Colorado–Colorado Springs 33 33 32.2 .529 .336 .838 7.4 5.2 2.2 2.1 25.8
2016–17 Colorado 34 32 32.8 .507 .396 .813 4.1 4.4 1.2 1.4 18.1
Career 119 117 31.5 .494 .350 .824 5.4 4.1 1.5 1.5 20.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Derrick White A Bright Spot In Probable Lost Season For Buffs". denver.cbs.local.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Eisenberg, Jeff (May 8, 2017). "How Colorado's Derrick White went from unrecruited to unlikely NBA prospect". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Jhabvala, Nicki (April 19, 2015). "Derrick White, a 3-year standout guard at UCCS, transfers to Colorado". Denver Post. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Barnhouse, Wendell (December 21, 2016). "How former DII All-American Derrick White became Colorado's 'best player'". fanragsports.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Rooney, Pat (March 6, 2017). "Derrick White's lone season with CU Buffs reaps All-Pac-12, All-Defensive team honors". Daily Camera. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Rooney, Pat (April 29, 2017). "Derrick White to represent CU at NBA draft combine". buffzone.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "SPURS SELECT DERRICK WHITE AND JARON BLOSSOMGAME IN 2017 NBA DRAFT". NBA.com. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2017 UTAH SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". NBA.com. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "SPURS SIGN 2017 FIRST ROUND PICK DERRICK WHITE". NBA.com. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Aldridge's double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "SAN ANTONIO ASSIGNS DAVIS BERTANS AND DERRICK WHITE TO AUSTIN SPURS". nba.com. October 31, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White fractures wrist, out indefinitely". nba.com. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "SAN ANTONIO RECALLS DERRICK WHITE FROM AUSTIN SPURS | San Antonio Spurs". San Antonio Spurs. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  14. ^ "Harden helps Rockets to easy 109-93 win over Spurs". ESPN.com. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs". ESPN.com. April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Heel injury sidelines Spurs guard White indefinitely". NBA.com. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  17. ^ "Spurs' Derrick White: Scoreless in season debut". CBSSports.com. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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