Two years ago, Derrick White wasn’t even a blip on any NBA teams radar. Thursday night, the former Division II product — who transferred to Colorado for his senior season — was selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 NBA Draft.
With the 29th pick the Spurs select Derrick White! pic.twitter.com/ynqpQyuBhe— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) June 23, 2017
The 6’5 guard averaged 18.1 points, 50.7 percent shooting and 4.4 assists in route to earning first team All-Pac-12 honors for the Buffs last season. White also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, averaging 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
That moment your dream comes true! #NBADraft— Colorado Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) June 23, 2017
Congrats Derrick! San Antonio, you got yourself a good one!!! #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/tSRH8pbDNH
5 years ago, Derrick White couldn't even get a D-I offer.— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 23, 2017
Now he's gonna be yet another Spurs draft steal. pic.twitter.com/OYvD8ZApO2
This is Derrick White in high school. He didn't have a D-I offer. Now he's a first-round draft pick. pic.twitter.com/HUh7IzwUHA— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) June 23, 2017
Derrick White goes 29th to @spurs.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 23, 2017
It's the latest the 1st senior has ever gone off the board in the #NBADraft. pic.twitter.com/XC1vCVsyOh
Derrick White will have to change his number in San Antonio.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 23, 2017
(In case you’re wondering, Tim Duncan used to wear #21 for San Antonio)
I don't know much about Derrick White, but I know RC Burford is a wizard at picking players, so he's probably the next Tony Parker.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 23, 2017
DERRICK WHITE … Spurs steal another incredible talent.— Jimmy Spencer (@JimmySpencerUN) June 23, 2017
White first Buff to be drafted since Spencer Dinwddie went 38th overall in 2014, and the ninth since the NBA Draft moved to its current two-round format in 1989. Five of those selections – Chauncey Billups, Shaun Vandiver, David Harrison, Alec Burks and Andre Roberson – were first round picks.