UNC Basketball: Coby White makes surprise appearance at first practice

Former UNC Basketball standout Coby White made a guest appearance at practice on Wednesday, as the season gets underway

The 2020-21 UNC Basketball season is still over a month away but on Wednesday the Tar Heels hit the court for the first time in the Dean Dome to practice.

And they were treated to a special guest.

Former UNC Basketball point guard Coby White posted on his Instagram story that he was not only back in North Carolina but he was in Chapel Hill and made a surprise appearance at the Tar Heels’ first practice. Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com confirmed that White was indeed in the Dean Dome to watch the new Tar Heels’ team practice for the first time.

Here is what Lucas noted about White’s appearance which included him scrimmaging with the team:

But there was basketball, which seems like a victory at this point. Imagine that you were Carolina freshman Caleb Love. Who, in his very first day as a Tar Heel point guard, looked across the court and saw, as the starting point guard for the blue team…Coby White. The NBA All-Rookie selection practiced with the Tar Heels on Wednesday while he was in town, and he received no special treatment. When he missed a layup during a fast break drill, White immediately did the required ten push-ups, much to the delight of Williams and assistant coach Brad Frederick.

After spending one season in Chapel Hill with the Tar Heels, White opted to head to the NBA where he was selected No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls. White had an impressive rookie season and was one of the lone bright spot for a Bulls team that is in the middle of a rebuild.

In his first season, White averaged 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists. After a slow start to his season, White really turned it on and earned second-team All-Rookie team.

Before arriving in Chicago, White had a fantastic freshman season at UNC and emerged as a lottery pick as the year went on. He even broke a few scoring records set by Michael Jordan as he showed off his scoring ability including his three-point range. He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game in that lone season.

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