Coby White's Teammates 'Will Love Playing With Him'

The Bulls drafted White at No. 7 overall Thursday evening.

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June 21, 2019 - 11:18 am
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(670 The Score) When Coby White first arrived at Greenfield School in Wilson, North Carolina as a freshman, he was about 6-foot with average athleticism.

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What he did have already was a trait that stood out immediately to basketball coach Rob Salter: the scoring gene.

"He still just had a knack of putting the ball in the hole in so many ways," Salter said. "You just didn't see that very often."

Soon enough, White had his growth spurt and his physical traits caught up. He would go on to become the state of North Carolina's all-time prep scoring leader, then set the University of North Carolina's freshman scoring record while directing the Tar Heels to the ACC regular-season title and Sweet 16 this past season.

On Thursday, the Bulls selected White at No. 7 overall in the NBA Draft, believing the traits that he has displayed can help kick-start an offense that has struggled for several seasons.

Salter believes the 19-year-old White can make an impact quickly, not just because of his skills but also his smarts. Salter sees White as blossoming into a facilitating role as well as being a dangerous scorer, adding,

"He makes the right play," said Salter, who was with White and his family at the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "His IQ is off the chart. And you put talent around him, he's going to get them the ball. Guys love to play with him. He's going to put pressure on the defense to open things up for the other guys around him, and he's going to make the right play."

"He's going to pick it up really quick. He's a sponge."

"His teammates will love playing with him.