NBA Draft Spotlight: Coby White

Coby White wasn’t a surefire one-and-done player, but an impressive freshman season is making it more likely that he becomes one of the first point guards off the board.

Position: PG From: North Carolina Class/YOB: Freshman
Height: 6’5 Weight: 185 Wingspan: N/A

Strengths:

  • A jet with the ball in his hands. One of the fastest players in the country with the ball in his hands. He’s learning to change speeds to be even more dangerous
  • Electric three-tier scorer. He can put up points in a hurry with his quick pull-up, three-point shot, or using his speed and slick handle to attack the rim. Really does a nice job of getting square when shooting off the dribble, which allows him to regularly use a developed step back or hesitation pull-up. Scoring will not be an issue in the NBA
  • Great size for a lead guard. Stands around 6’5 and is strong for his frame. Plays easily through contact and uses his length to score over and around size
  • Applies constant pressure on defenses in transition and in pick-and-rolls. Even on a made shot, he will go the length of the court and find a good shot if no one stops the ball. North Carolina uses his P&R scoring a lot in their secondary break, allowing him to either force a switch or get his defender on his hip, where they are at his mercy
  • Has better passing instincts than I think he gets credit for having. Shines making plays on the break in an open court when he sees the whole court. Although he likes to score, he makes the right plays and can deliver the ball on time
  • Brings a lot of intriguing tools as a defender. You don’t often find 6’5 point guards as quick as he is, which makes for a tough matchup for ball-handlers. When his energy is up on that end, he is in the passing lanes and taking away vision
  • Comes to play with a passion and ferocity that you can’t teach. He has fun competing and making the big plays. At the same time, he’s a teammate that players will want to rally around

Weaknesses:

  • Though much improved since game one of this season, he can be a too antsy pushing the tempo, leading to quick shots. Can go from zero to 100 with the best of them, but he’s much tougher to guard when he can do zero to 20, 20 to 50, and 50 to 100 as well
  • Must continue to work on staying low with his dribble so smaller guards can’t get up under him and affect his rhythm. He loves to pound the ball a little high when he’s setting up the offense, so just something to be conscious of going forward
  • Still isn’t a pure playmaker in terms of his vision or understanding of running an offense. He has shown tremendous growth in his freshman season figuring out how to best involve other pieces. NBA offenses will be more complex, so I imagine he will attack it with the same focus, even if it takes some adjustment time
  • Would like to see more consistent defense out of him. I know he carries a heavy load on offense, which might lead to some energy conservation. I’ve seen him lock down at the end of games, so I know he has the potential

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
16.1 3.6 4.1 1.1 0.3 2.7 42.9% 36.3% 79.5%

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