Early in the draft process, White was projected as a fringe second round pick, but after testing surprisingly well at the NBA Draft Combine, there’s a strong chance he goes in the first round. DraftExpress has probably the most accurate mock draft around, and they have going 30th overall to the Utah Jazz.
White’s rise, which Danny Chau of The Ringer detailed here, is because White’s offensive versatility is invaluable for modern offenses, and as evidenced by his strong athletic testing, his skillset should translate well to the NBA.
For a more detailed profile of Derrick White’s game and how he looks as an NBA prospect, look no further than DraftExpress’s videos on his strengths and weaknesses.
You can see where White stands out as a prospect, but you can also see why he’s not projected anywhere higher than the late 20s. Everything with White is a balance: he has great vision, but he’s turnover prone; he’s a defensive playmaker, but his consistency comes and goes; he’s an average athlete, but he can throw down in traffic; he’s old for a prospect, but he has untapped potential.
Of course, there’s nothing equivocal about his great shooting ability and his high basketball IQ, so his strengths seem to far outweigh his weaknesses. Moreover, it seems that his strength should translate to the next level and his weaknesses can be easily mended with NBA-level trainers and coaches.