Derrick White admits a much-needed new car might be in his future.
Yet for now the festivities are over, and on Friday it was time for White to get back to work.
Less than 24 hours after White became the ninth Colorado Buffaloes player selected in the first round of the NBA draft, going at No. 29 to the perennially competitive San Antonio Spurs, White was back in the gym, working out and setting his sights on the next phase of his professional career.
That means doubling his efforts to secure a roster spot with an organization that has collected five NBA titles under coach Gregg Popovich and owned the league’s second-best record this past season. White said he expects to travel to San Antonio this upcoming week and will play for the Spurs’ summer league team in July.
San Antonio was among the teams White worked out for over the past month, but he said he had “no idea” the Spurs were interested enough to select him.
“The first person who called me was my agent, and he told me the Spurs were going to take me at 29,” White said. “Then coach (Tad) Boyle gave me the phone and it was the GM, R.C. Buford, and I talked to him a little bit before they called my name. Then coach (Gregg) Popovich called me after. It was crazy and a surreal feeling. It was cool to get that weight off my shoulder.
“It’s great to go into that organization to continue to develop and learn as much as I can so I can help continue their success.”
White, a native of Parker and a lifelong Denver Nuggets fan, admitted the wheels started turning in his mind during Thursday’s draft when the Nuggets traded down to the No. 24 slot in the first round. But White soon learned landing with his hometown team wouldn’t be his fate, and basketball-wise it’s difficult to argue how San Antonio isn’t a far more enviable situation.
“When they moved down it definitely was a possibility they were going to take me, but I kind of found out before (the pick) they weren’t going to take me,” White said. “I’m happy where I ended up.”