Report: Spurs’ Derrick White helped Select Team dominate at times during Team USA scrimmage
San Antonio Spurs point guard Derrick White has been included by some experts on their list of potential breakout candidates for the coming season. Further fuel has been added to this flame, with a report emerging pertaining to the 25-year-old’s domination in a recent Team USA scrimmage.
While there are no specific details on what exactly White did during the closed-doors practice session, it does seem that the Spurs man had a significant role to play throughout the scrimmage:
Media couldn’t watch the entire scrimmage between USA’s World Cup team (varsity) and select team (jv). But two people who were in the gym just told me the select team dominated in stretches, and both said one of the biggest reasons why was Derrick White.
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) August 6, 2019
To be clear, White is not expected to be a member of the Team USA squad that will be representing the nation for the upcoming FIBA World Cup tournament in China. The incoming third-year guard has been selected as one of the participants in what is being called as the USA Basketball Select Team — a pool of players who will be trained in preparation for a potential call-up to the actual Team USA in the near future.
Then again, if the report above is no exaggeration, then perhaps Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich — who also happens to be White’s coach with the Spurs — might just have a long, hard look at White as a potential last-minute addition to the national team.
Last season, White saw his role for the Spurs grow exponentially, with the former 29th overall pick racking up 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.7 blocks in 25.8 minutes of action. If anything, this stint with the national squad will be a tremendous experience for White and the overall development of his game.