Former CU Buffs star Derrick White named finalist for USA World Cup team

John Leyba / THE DENVER POST
Former CU Buffs star Derrick White

Former University of Colorado guard Derrick White has been selected as one of 17 finalists for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team.

The announcement came following four days of training and Friday night’s USA Blue-USA White intrasquad exhibition game in Las Vegas. White had a strong week with USA Basketball, culminating with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the USA White team in Friday’s exhibition.

White was one of four players from the USA Select Team invited to join 13 athletes from the USA National Team Roster. Following a short break, the USA finalists will reassemble in Los Angeles to train Aug. 13-15 and play an exhibition contest versus FIBA’s No. 2 world ranked team, Spain, at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug. 16 (8 p.m. MDT).

White, who will begin his third year with the San Antonio Spurs this fall, joins 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); 2014 World Cup gold medalist Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers) and Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics).

White helped lead the 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team to a 2-0 record during the 2018 September second-round games. He started USA’s two games, averaging 20.5 minutes, 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, team-high (tied) 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals a game.