Coby White: Background

Background bullet points:

  • Full Name: Alec Jacoby “Coby” White

  • Hometown: Goldsboro, NC

    • JUST LIKE: Andy Griffith, Jimmy Graham (NFL), Mike Evans (NFL)

  • Family Game

    • White is not the first one in his family to lace up. His father, Donald White, played for UNC-Central, and his mother and brother both played as well.

    • When asked how he compared to his dad’s playing style, Coby said they were similar flashy players but that his dad was “much more cocky”.

    • On August 15, 2017 Coby lost his father to cancer. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and the entire staff attended the funeral in support. Coby ends every tweet with the hashtag #FMF, which means “For My Father.”

    • Coby has spoken about how his Christian faith and family helped him process his grief and move on. He is dedicating the rest of his career to his father and to taking care of his family now that Donald “is in heaven dancing”.

  • North Carolina Mr. Basketball 2018

    • JUST LIKE: Jeff Capel (‘93), Antawn Jamison (‘95), Chris Paul (‘03), Mason Plumlee (‘09), Isaiah Hicks (‘13), Theo Pinson (‘14), Brandon Ingram (‘15)

  • Go for Gold

    • Competed with the US U18 National Team at ‘18 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Canada. White was the driving force to USA bringing home the gold medal, earning all-tournament honors.

    • White’s teammates included Quentin Grimes (Kansas) and Class of 2019 five-star recruits Cole Anthony, Armando Bacot (UNC), Matthew Hurt, Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Josiah James (Tenn), Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky), and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova)

  • Ball in Basket

    • Coby White finished his high school career as the top prep scorer in North Carolina history, passing JamesOn Curry with 3,573 points over four years.

    • White is also one of the most prolific freshman scorers in UNC history. On March 5th he passed Michael Jordan on the UNC freshman scoring list.

    • He is currently at time of writing at 547 points with North Carolina still alive in the NCAA Tournament. That puts him just 53 back of Joseph Forte for the most points by a freshman since 1992-93. If UNC were to advance to the national championship game he would need to average 13.25 points per game to tie the record.

  • Look at me now

    • White entered high school as a spot-up shooter, developed his game and became a scorer (the state scoring champ, in fact). He then developed his game and is now the starting point guard at a top-5 team in the nation

  • Role Models

    • When asked who his favorite players in the NBA are, White did not hesitate: Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving