Yesterday, Coby White was one of 32 players invited to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. At the conclusion of the camp, which runs from May 31-June 2 in Colorado Spring, Colorado, final cuts will be made. The final roster will participate in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in St. Catharines, Canada from June 10-16. The roster includes players in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 recruiting classes.
This is just another accolade in a year full of praise and recognition for the Greenfield School star. While he was slightly overshadowed by future teammate Nassir Little at the McDonald’s All-American game and Jordan Brand Classic, he has admitted that he was never really comfortable with the all-star format. That mindset may benefit him in the Team USA environment where winning a fifth-straight gold medal takes priority over 1-on-1 highlight reels.
Regardless, even before those high-profile events, White had steadily racked up his own awards to accompany his near legendary status in the North Carolina high school scene. While also participating in the aforementioned all-star games with Little, White broke the North Carolina High School career scoring record (3,573 points) and the John Wall Classic scoring record (previous held by 1993 NCAA Tournament MOP Donald Williams). Additionally, White was twice named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and the 2017 Associated Press Player of the Year. This past season he averaged 30.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.2 assists. The man can play.
While he wont be joined by Little at this camp (assuming White prefers this opporunity instead of getting an early start in Chapel Hill) there are numerous potential future North Carolina Tar Heels heading to Colorado. The recently offered Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Keion Brooks are two of five players currently holding offers from Roy Williams. Matthew Hurt, Will Baker, and Armando Bacot round out that list. All five players are 2019 targets.