HAMPTON, Va. --- Coby White’s first game on the 17-under EYBL level made a strong impression.
The junior guard scored 16 points in Team CP3’s 79-47 win over Portland BC, but those numbers don’t tell the story.
This game was about White showing he belonged.
He averaged 31.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game this past season at Wilson (N.C.) Greenfield, earning Gatorade’s N.C. Player of the Year award. But that was at the 1A level.
He impressed on the AAU circuit with Team CP3 last summer, so much so that Roy Williams offered him a scholarship that he quickly accepted. But that was at the 16U level.
Friday night was White’s debut on the 17U EYBL circuit. And Friday night he showed that his abilities – the ball skills, the aggressiveness, the explosiveness - translate to the top level of high school basketball.
“I expected to play the way I played,” White said. “I play my game, and play as hard as I can play, always in attack mode. I’m satisfied if I know I played as hard as I can play.
“The way I play is up and down fast, get in transition, I can hit the three, go to the mid-range or get to the cup.”
National scouts in attendance took notice.
“What I loved about him was his energy,” said Evan Daniels, Scout.com’s National Recruiting Director. “How hard he plays. He’s tough. He was the aggressor at all times when he had the ball in his hands. It’s attack, attack, attack with him.
“He showed a really well balanced game - scored going to the rim, hit threes, passed. He did a great job getting to the basket and lived in the paint. Really quick first step, played well through contact. And he’s got the potential to be a really good on-the-ball defender because he’s quick, moves well laterally, and brings so much energy.
A fast-paced guard that excels in transition makes him an obvious fit for the Tar Heels.
“Coach Williams is a great coach, he’s going to help me develop my game, teach me the game," White said. "He lets his point guards play, likes to get up and down, so that fits my playing style.
“He always says he loves the way I play and that I can do it all for my size – score, pass, rebound – and he can’t wait to get me on campus.”