Coby White is one of the top talents in the 2018 college basketball recruiting class and there are many that believe he is a superstar in the making. He is committed to play basketball for Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels and will continue to carry on the pattern of top-notch talent coming through the program.
Standing in at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds, White is a five-star prospect out of Greenfield High School in Wilson, North Carolina. Staying at home in North Carolina was obviously something of interest for White, as he had plenty of other offers from around the country that he could have taken.
Among the other teams that had reported interest in him were the Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils. That being said, it was obvious that White wanted to play for Williams and the Tar Heels.
Williams talked about what he sees in his new recruit and how excited he is to have him on board at North Carolina.
“He’s 6-5 and can play both guard positions, can shoot the ball extremely well and is very athletic attacking the basket,” Williams said. “He pushed the ball hard in transition and will fit in well here. He’s getting better and better defensively each year and is a complete guard.”
Needless to say, Williams has high hopes of White becoming a two-way star for the Tar Heels. He has shown an explosive scoring ability and has the length and quickness to be a lockdown perimeter defender as well. White has also shown a great work ethic early on in his career, which will help him take his game to the next level under Williams.
Evan Massey of Lifestyle Sports 101 had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with White. Plenty of topics were discussed, but first on the list was to find out why White chose North Carolina.
“I built a great relationship with coach Williams and the coaching staff. They are one of the top programs in the country and they are winners. They know how to win and they teach you how to win.
One the best feelings is being a winner. The main deciding factors would be that it was a family atmosphere. Everyone is like a big family. I love the campus, the team, the staff. When I went for my first visit I got that feeling that this was the place for me. Coach Williams isn’t only a great coach, he’s also a great role model. My family loved it and so did I.”
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If you haven’t had a chance to watch him play, White was happy to break down what he brings to the court.
“I can play the 1 or the 2. The thing that stands out about my game is how much I score the ball. I am a playmaker who can get everyone involved. I play with a lot of energy on both ends of the court. I play hard the whole game. I do whatever it takes to win games. I play with heart. I got that dawg in me.”
Off the court, White says that he likes to keep a low profile.
“I’m a chill laid back goofy guy, not a guy that likes to be in the scene.”
White already has big goals set for himself and North Carolina looking ahead to his career with the Tar Heels.
“Definitely win a national championship and a conference championship. Hopefully, break some records and lead the team to a national championship.”
When asked if there was a current NBA player that he would compare to, he mentioned Kyrie Irving as a potential comparison.
“People say I play kind of like Kyrie Irving because of how quick I am and the craftiness I have and the crazy finishes that I do. And because I shoot so well off the dribble.”
At this point in his career, White has a fairly good handle on what his biggest strengths and weaknesses are.
“Biggest strengths would be my ability to score the ball. I have a high motor ability to use my size and quickness and speed and how fast I am in transition and change of speed and ability to shoot the ball. Weakness are being more of a playmaker, making the right decisions, being more vocal on the court, getting stronger, using my quickness and speed more on the defensive end pressuring the ball more.”
If you’re a young basketball player with dreams of playing college ball, White has some advice for you.
“Never give up on your dreams. Work harder in the class room and stay out of trouble. Be in the gym as much as you can. Live in the gym and always put God first. Stay prayed up and just trust the process and everything will work itself out.”
White went on to talk about how his family has helped him get to this point and when he realized he was a college talent.
“My whole family has helped me. They never doubted me and always believed I would be where I’m at. My 10th-grade year my game went to another level and my confidence skyrocketed.”
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