Derrick White couldn't help throwing a little barb in the direction of his former Colorado Buffaloes teammate Josh Scott when he had the chance.
Last week, when White's San Antonio Spurs collided with Scott's Portland Trail Blazers in the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League, one of the highlights of their concurrent court time was a driving 3-point play White recorded with Scott committing the foul.
Of course, Scott got the last laugh, as Portland earned the win to advance to the Summer League semifinals. Nevertheless, a little trash talking was unavoidable.
"I saw him after the game and gave him a little fun about the and-one I got against him," White said. "It was fun to go out there and compete against him and see him do well out there."
While the battle between former Buffs provided a personal highlight for White during his stint in the NBA Summer League, getting acclimated to his new profession remained his top priority.
It has been about a month since White was selected in the first round (29th overall) of the NBA draft, marking the 34th time a Buffs player has heard his name called in the draft while becoming the 11th CU player to go in the first round.
White also was the first senior college player selected in the 2017 draft, and his unique journey from a Division II All-American to a first team All-Pac-12 performer with the Buffs has made him well-versed at welcoming a new challenge. It was no different for White this past month as he received his first NBA experience, first with games in Salt Lake City followed by the Spurs' five games in Las Vegas.
"It was a lot of fun being on the Summer League circuit. I learned a lot," White said. "I learned a lot of things I need to move on, especially with terminology. I had a lot of learning in the Summer League and I just need to continue to learn.
"They way I played in Summer League is the way I played during the year. They just told me to be aggressive and stay aggressive the whole time. That's what I was trying to do."
White overcame a touch of adversity along the way, bouncing back with two solid performances after missing two games due to a minor ankle issue. In his first game back against the New Orleans Pelicans White struggled from the field, going 5-for-14, but he still managed to score 15 points to go with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Despite the loss against Scott and Portland, White was able to end his summer on a positive note, scoring a team-leading 20 points while shooting 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 7-for-15 overall. He also recorded five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Having signed his first pro contract two weeks ago, White reports that he hasn't splurged on any spending spree just yet and instead is focused on preparing for his first NBA training camp this fall. White has been back in Colorado this week but plans to head to San Antonio next week.
"They have great training there and they just got me back healthy enough to go out there and compete," White said. "Just sitting out those two games, it helped watching and then I just tried to go out there and compete."