Less than three months after North Carolina initially expressed interest in Coby White , Roy Williams and his staff offered a scholarship to the rising junior from Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield.
White received the call from Williams on Monday evening.
"We were talking about how I played and how many times he came to see me and what he thought and then he offered me," White said. "We talked for about 15 minutes."
He’s the fourth prospect from the state of North Carolina in the 2018 class to get a scholarship offer from UNC (Rechon "Leaky" Black, Devon Dotson, Jairus Hamilton).
"He said I was a stud and all that," White said of his conversation with the Tar Heel head coach. "He really enjoyed watching me play and how hard I play and all the things I can do on the court.
"He just said most of the time he starts two point guards and he said that me and Leaky could play off each other, how Joel Berry and Marcus Paige play.
"He said he loved how I push the ball and he said I probably do that more than anyone in the country."
Inside Carolina’s lead recruiting analyst Rob Harrington said White does one thing in particular at an elite level.
“White is best described as a natural scorer," Harrington said. "He’s highly aggressive both in transition and in the half-court game because he is able to score via good body control on the break, and he possesses abundant three-point range. He has a natural feel for putting the ball in the basket.”
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. On June 20, Salter, White and his family took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill. During the visit, White played pickup with several members of UNC’s team as well as former Tar Heels now in the NBA.
Roy Williams logged several viewings of White this month including multiple viewings of his CP3 squad in Las Vegas this past week.
"It still hasn’t hit me yet, because it’s just like one of your achievements that you grow up wanting to play for a program like North Carolina," White said. "I’m really excited right now."
White also holds offers from Virginia, Iowa State, Tennessee, Clemson and Wake Forest. He’s receiving interest from N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Duke.
"(Coach Williams) said he was going to try and get me up there when school starts," White said. "He was just mainly - because Leaky is committed - trying to make me see that it doesn’t matter. We can both start and do the things we do and be the two point guards. (He was) telling me how I could come in and make an impact."