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2018 UNC Basketball Target Intro: Coby White

In-state prospect has set up a first visit to Chapel Hill.

North Carolina’s in-state work with the class of 2018 is well documented.

Three Charlotte-area players – Devon Dotson, Jairus Hamilton and Rechon “Leaky” Black – received UNC scholarship offers in the last six months, with Black committing in January.

The UNC coaching staff is now looking east for its next rising junior in-state target, Coby White.

A 6-4 guard from Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield, White plans to take an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on June 20. It’ll be his first trip to UNC’s campus.

“I hope to see a lot of different things while I’m there,” White explained. “I’m supposed to play pickup with the team so I want to see if I can fit in with them. I know all those guys but I don’t have a personal relationship with any of them.”

White caught the UNC staff’s attention at the second EYBL session in Indianapolis in April. Playing on the CP3 16U team, which also features offered 2019 wing Wendell Moore, White performed well in front of Roy Williams and assistants C.B. McGrath and Steve Robinson.

Shortly after the EYBL session, McGrath made contact with Greenfield head coach Rob Salter.

“He said he loves Coby’s ability to score at all three levels,” said Salter. “He felt like he could come in and play with Leaky because Coby can do so many things with the ball. They (UNC) were very excited to start recruiting him and just (Wednesday) we set up the visit.”

White dominated the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A classification as a sophomore. He was named Coastal Plain Independent Conference Player of the Year after averaging 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game.

“I’d say I’m an all-around player because I can get the ball and go end-to-end real quick,” said White. “I think my defense is better. I can also shoot from three and the midrange.”

Salter added: “You might slow down one aspect of his game, but he can hurt you in so many ways. He puts up numbers against some of the best teams in the state, against great competition.”

While he can play off the ball, White prefers the point guard position.

“That’s what he is,” said Salter. “He’s very versatile and he can move around because of how well he shoots. But that’s what UNC told us, that they play two point guards together all the time. I think he’d fit in great with their style because they love a point guard that can push tempo and he pushes tempo hard, but he also changes speeds. I think everything they look for in a PG he has.”

White, who grew up rooting for Duke, called the recent attention he’s receiving “hectic, exciting and surprising.” He holds scholarship offers from Clemson and Wake Forest, and is receiving interest from Florida, UNC, Iowa State, Providence, Missouri, N.C. State and Virginia.

“He’s a terrific young man,” said Salter. “He’s very humble but he can also be a clown once he gets to know you. He works his butt off and he’s a gym rat. He’s just a joy to coach. He’s the type of kid that’s going to succeed no matter what. He’s going to be a big-time player.”

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