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Coby White and the 2019 NBA Draft

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Coby White, the 19 year old freshman out of North Carolina is expected to go as high as 6th in tonight’s NBA draft. My question is if that’s the number he’s drafted will the teams drafting 3rd, 4th, and 5th wind up regretting passing on White?

 

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High School Accolades

As White finished high school he was the leading scorer in North Carolina state history. He was a McDonald’s All American also the 2018 North Carolina Mr. Basketball. An award given annually to the best player in his state. With these accolades he was a high recruit going into his freshman year at Chapel Hill. Was he ranked as high as he should have been? Coby broke the all time scoring record in a state with an illustrious history of basketball talent through the years. Ranked 26th overall and 6th at his position by rivals was probably a slight to Coby.

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Measurables and Skillset

Coby White looks to stand at about 6’2. In actuality he is 6’5, 185 pounds. He just finished one of the best freshman seasons anyone at Chapel Hill has ever enjoyed. A point guard doing this is very impressive to say the least. At 19 years old, Coby is already a clutch shooter with range. White is blessed with a quick first step and his jumper allows him to put the ball on the floor or create his own shot.

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I’ve watched many players come through college on their way to the league. I don’t know how many teenage guards were this good at his age. His speed moving the ball from baseline to baseline is statistically the best in Tar Heel history. In lamends terms, White’s speed is off the charts with the ball in his hands. Beep Beep!

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My Analysis

Coby White can already shoot better than most teenagers who have entered the NBA. I’ve pointed out that his speed is off the charts and his strength will improve with age and work like everyone’s does. On the defensive end White has some work to do. His defense is young like he is. He lacks experience and strength. White does however have lateral quickness to be a good defender. At times he looked lost in the one year at Chapel Hill. Through work and awareness along with confident anticipation to the first move of his opposition he could be a good defender.

The future 1st rd. Pick has good lateral quickness. If White wants to be a good defender, he will be. With all this being said what will Coby White be in 5-7 years? I personally think the teams thinking of taking Barrett or Garland may look back with regret having passed on Coby White. He should go no lower than 5th tonight. I’d take him as the 3rd pick. Very shortly we will see what the people who get payed to make these decisions decide to do. Hopefully they aren’t living with regret or looking for a new job. Don’t sleep on Coby White in the NBA Draft.

 

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