UNC Basketball: Former Tar Heel Coby White sets NBA rookie record

Former UNC basketball standout Coby White continues hot streak, sets NBA rookie record in loss to Milwaukee

Former University of North Carolina standout and current Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White is already making his presence felt in the NBA. Just 12 games into his rookie campaign, the 19-year-old point guard has broken team and league records.

Against the New York Knicks last Tuesday, White became the first player in Bulls history to hit six three-pointers in a single quarter. And he added a seventh for good measure. In all, White knocked down 7-of-11 attempts from long-range en route to scoring a game-high 27 points in just 27 minutes of play off the Chicago bench. Also on his record-setting night, he hit all four of his attempts from the free throw line, while adding three rebounds, an assist, a steal and just one turnover.

White backed that up with another tremendous performance two days later against the Milwaukee Bucks. In a team-high 35 minutes off the bench, White scored 26 points on 9-of-23 shooting from the floor, and 6-of-13 from the three-point line. In doing so, White set a pair of new NBA rookie records.

He became the first rookie in NBA history to tally six three-point makes in consecutive games, and his 13 total three-pointers in a two-game span are the most ever for a rookie. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard out of Goldsboro, North Carolina added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 124-115 loss to the Bucks.

For the season, White is averaging 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and proving exactly why his No. 7 selection in last year’s draft was well worth it.

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