UCCS guard Derrick White transferring to CU

University of Colorado’s Men’s basketball team has a new addition. Former University of Colorado-Colorado Springs swingman Derrick White has officially signed a financial aid agreement, committing to the Buffs. Men’s basketball coach, Ted Boyle made the announcement on Sunday, April 19.

Because of the NCAA rules, Derrick White will have to sit out the entire 2015-2016 NCAA Men’s basketball season. He will have one year of eligibility remaining after the upcoming season is over. White is a 6-5 , 180 lbs guard from Parker, Colorado.

“Derrick’s a versatile Division II All-American,” Boyle said. “He was a kid overlooked by virtually everybody, obviously except the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, coming out of high school. He’s got great size, great athleticism, and he has great skill. When you see a guy that’s an All-American, and has proven everything that he can prove at the Division II level, it’s exciting to bring a player like that who can score, rebound, and pass into your program.”

During his junior year, Derrick White was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Team. That season, White averaged 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists per game. He also led the UCCS Mountain Lions to their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and to the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division II National Tournament. UCCS finished the 2014-2015 season with a program best 27-6 record.

Coach Boyle called White “a terrific player with a great upside”. Boyle also said, “I look at the last guy that we brought in, that had to sit one year and play one year, his name is Carlon Brown (Pac-12 Conference Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in 2012). Carlon had a pretty good experience and I’m hoping Derrick can do the same.”

Derrick White started every game during his tenure at UCCS (87). He holds the school record for points scored (1,912 points) and assists (343). In his sophomore and junior year, he led UCCS to a 48-15 record (.762) and a 33-11 RMAC record (.750). He recorded 11 assists in a game three times, a school record. White also recorded 15 career double-doubles.

Derrick White will be the eighth player to transfer to the Colorado Men’s basketball program under head coach Ted Boyle.

Other players to transfer under Boyle are:
Carlon Brown (Utah): 2010-12
Jeremy Adams (Navarro Junior College [Texas]: 2011-13
Sabatino Chen (Denver): 2011-13
Beau Gamble (Santa Clara): 2012-14
Geoff Bates [Collin College {Plano, Texas}]: 2012-15
Kevin Nelson (Missouri State University-West Plains): 2013-2015
Josh Fortune (Providence): 2014-present
Derrick White (UC Colorado Springs): 2015-present

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