It would have been a highly entertaining reunion for Colorado basketball fans to enjoy Tuesday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Josh Scott and Derrick White, however, the best they could manage was a courtside hello.
The former Buffaloes basketball stars were set to collide Tuesday in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, but the former CU standouts combined for only a few minutes. The pair were teammates in Boulder during the 2015-16 season, while White was sidelined due to NCAA transfer rules and Scott was putting together an All-Pac-12 senior season.
White, a first-round selection (29th overall) of the San Antonio Spurs in last month's NBA draft, did not play in Tuesday's contest. It was the second consecutive game in which White did not play, though he went 3-for-9 with 10 points Saturday against Miami.
In three games last week in Utah, White played at least 20 minutes in each contest but struggled from the field, going 9-for-29 overall with six assists and nine turnovers. White logged two assists in each game last week in Utah, while six of those nine turnovers occurred in one game against Philadelphia.
Scott, who signed with Portland's summer team after spending his first pro season in Macedonia, was able to show his fellow Colorado native a few flashes on Tuesday, making a strong move to the basket in transition and drawing a foul that led to 1 of 2 free throws. Scott also had a putback basket moments later to finish an efficient four minutes off the bench with three points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot. Scott turned in a similar effort Saturday against Utah, posting six points, three rebounds, and two assists in nine minutes off the bench.
The two other former Buffs playing in the summer league, Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson, have gone through opposite experiences this past week. Dinwiddie started all three games for Brooklyn in Las Vegas, averaging 7.7 points to go with eight steals.
Johnson, signed to the Denver Nuggets' summer team after completing his CU career this past spring, has played in just one of three games, recording a rebound and a turnover in three minutes Sunday against Minnesota.