The Bulls’ front office made it clear they were looking for an upgrade at the point guard position and it looks like they found their guy.
With the seventh pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Bulls selected Coby White out of North Carolina.
The franchise had the cards fall its way in terms of finding a potential solution at guard. The Hawks moved up to the fourth pick to take De’Andre Hunter, then the Cavaliers nabbed Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland and the Timberwolves took Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver.
Garland, Culver and White were considered the top guards in the draft behind Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick by Memphis, so the Bulls will likely be happy to come away with one of them.
White, 19, was named to All-ACC second team after averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds during his freshman season at North Carolina. On March 5, he passed Michael Jordan on the Tar Heels’ all-time freshman scoring list with 469 points.
White, listed at 6-5, can be a prototypical speedy lead guard. He’s lighting quick in transition and can blow by defenders in the halfcourt.
He also excels as a spot up three-point shooter, so he can play off the ball offensively in the halfcourt next to Zach LaVine or Kris Dunn. Last season, he shot 35.3% from beyond the arc, including four games with six or more made threes.
The guard will need to improve his decision-making and playmaking. Though he has the quickness and size to be a solid defender at his position, he will need to get stronger and improve his technique on defense to maximize his efforts.
Satchel Price contributed to this story.