Spurs Pick Derrick White in 2017 NBA Draft Amid LaMarcus Aldridge Trade Rumors

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21:  Derrick White #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes drives to the basket on V.J. Beachem #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half of the 2016 Legends Classic at Barclays Center on November 21, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs landed their next potential superstar during Thursday's NBA draft in the form of Colorado swingman Derrick White:

The Buffaloes reacted to the pick, while the Pac-12 Network shared some of his head-turning highlights:

ESPN Stats & Info pointed to the youth infusion in this year's draft, which White finally snapped at pick No. 29:

White transferred to the Buffaloes from Division II University of Colorado-Colorado Springs after three seasons.

He sat out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules, and then thrived in his one campaign with the Buffaloes. He averaged 18.1 points and 4.1 rebounds a night behind a blistering 50.7 shooting from the field and 39.6 percent shooting from three-point range.

Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com put the journey into perspective:

Skip Bayless of Fox Sports and Shea Serrano of The Ringer were ready to anoint him in part because of the power of the Spurs:

White can space the floor when opposing defenses collapse on Kawhi Leonard or take advantage of openings when interior defenders are focused on LaMarcus Aldridge (assuming Aldridge is there since Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported he was involved in trade discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers).

White also brings a high basketball IQ to head coach Gregg Popovich's system if his trainer is to be believed, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. "A lot of guys play checkers on court," Marcus Mason said. "Derrick White plays chess."

He will now get the opportunity to play chess with the Spurs.

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