North Carolina’s Coby White, potential lottery pick, declares for NBA draft

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North Carolina forward Nassir Little declared for the NBA draft.

Now, another Tar Heel is going one-and-done.

Coby White:

White looks like a mid-first-rounder. In this weak-looking draft, he might be one of the safer picks in that range considering how much he showed in Chapel Hill.

He’s a 6-foot-5 scoring guard who played on the ball at North Carolina. He’s not ready for the NBA as a distributor, but he definitely developed his point-guard skills throughout the season.

White especially excels in the open court. He isn’t just fast. He’s functionally fast. He pushes ahead to pressure defenses. He handles the ball impressively at great pace. He passes on the move. He stops on a dime. He pulls up for jumpers, including beyond the arc.

His development will determine how an NBA team deploys him – as a point guard or with another point guard? But it seems he has has enough tools to make something work at the next level.