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Bulls Draft North Carolina's Coby White At No. 7 Overall

June 20, 2019 - 7:26 pm
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By Cody Westerlund

(670 The Score) -- As a flurry of action played out before them, the Bulls stood pat and selected what they hope is their point guard of the future in the NBA Draft on Thursday evening.

Chicago selected Coby White out of North Carolina at No. 7 overall. The 6-foot-5 White is viewed by many talent evaluators as a scoring-minded combo guard, but he has emphatically proclaimed "I'm a point guard," and that's the need the Bulls must fill after years of inconsistency at the position since Derrick Rose was traded in June 2016.

White averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 42.3 percent overall and 35.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, when he broke Michael Jordan's freshman scoring record at North Carolina. White, 19, has good size and turbo-charged with the ball in his hands, leading a North Carolina that was sixth in pace and eighth in offensive efficiency in 2018-'19.

Scouts praise White for his shotmaking ability, smooth shooting stroke, transition game and aggressiveness. The concern with him is whether he's a true point guard and facilitator.

White was available after wheeling and dealing by other teams ahead of the Bulls. About 90 minutes before the draft began, the Hawks traded with the Pelicans to move up to No. 4, where they eventually selected Virginia forward De'Andre Hunter. The Timberwolves packaged the No. 11 pick and Dario Saric to acquire the No. 6 selection, where they drafted Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.