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Bulls coach Jim Boylen heaps praise on rookie Coby White — ‘He wants to be great’

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The Chicago Bulls went into the 2019 NBA Draft coveting a point guard for the future. After Kris Dunn failed to take a big step forward in his third season as a pro, Gar Forman and John Paxson stated that they were looking to upgrade at the position. When the Bulls fell to the No. 7 spot in the Draft, they never really took their eyes off of North Carolina’s Coby White. The UNC speedster was regarded as one of the best point guards in the draft, and his combination and playmaking ability appealed to Chicago’s front office.

With preseason practices underway, Bulls head coach Jim Boylen told Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic that White’s work ethic has been evident from the jump.

“He wants to be great. He knows what he has to improve upon. When I met with him before we drafted him, I think that’s one thing that stuck out, he has spirit where he wanted to improve. He knows that he’s not a finished product. And there’s some beauty in that from a young guy like that.

“He’s not scared, which I love,” Boylen added. “He’s more physical than I thought this early. He’s a big body. He can play on the ball and off the ball, which we thought. He’s shot the ball very well in camp. He puts a shoulder on you, you feel it. His physicality is what we hoped it would be. I didn’t know if it would come this fast. We’re thankful for him.”

The Bulls also signed free agent guard Tomas Satoransky to add more depth at the point, but all eyes will be on White as he develops alongside Chicago’s core of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

White averaged 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in five games during the NBA Summer League.