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.
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 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.