The next step has arrived in Derrick White's quest toward a potential NBA career.

The University of Colorado men's basketball star is one of 60 players who have been invited to the NBA's pre-draft combine. The prospect showcase will be held in Chicago May 9-14.

White made the most of his lone season in a CU uniform following a Division II All-American career at CU-Colorado Springs, leading the Buffs in scoring (18.1) and assists (4.4). White was the first Buffs player to average at least 18 points since Alec Burks put up 20.5 points per game in the 2010-11 season. White, a first team All-Pac-12 Conference selection, shot .396 from 3-point range and .507 overall. White's 3-point percentage matched the seventh-best single-season mark in program history, and his 49 blocked shots and 42 steals helped White also land a spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.

CU junior George King, who declared eligibility for the draft without hiring an agent, was not invited as expected. King still is expected to return to CU.

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