For San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, Derrick White’s basketball journey — which includes his inclusion in Team USA — is a great narrative.

Per USA Basketball, Popovich narrated White’s journey in brief. From his humble beginnings in the NCAA Division II to being drafted in the NBA and heading to the G League, to being part of Team USA’s training camp. Popovich admitted that he just got White to scrimmage against the Select Team. But he turned out better than expected and now he’s a member of the final 12-man roster who’ll play in the FIBA World Cup.

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“No. He’s had steady progress, but he is one of those guys, he started out in Division II and ended up playing on our G League team for a couple of years, and he just seemed to get better year-by-year, week-by-week. We brought him on the Select Team, just to scrimmage against the main team, and he played so well, that we moved him up. So, he’s a heck of a story.”

White is another testament to the Spurs’ great eye for talent. Without a doubt, his experience playing with and against the best players and coaches in the world will beneficial to his career. Perhaps the best thing about White is that he’s young: 25-years-old and will be entering his third year in the NBA. Safe to say that after the international tourney, White will come out as a basketball player with polished physical skills and sharpened tactical insight.