Terrico White (Ole Miss)
6'5, SG, 215 lbs.
Coming into this year, Terrico White was one of my favorite picks to bust out and establish himself as a lottery pick. White has many tools including athleticism, size, great front line speed, a good shot, and explosive finishing at the rim. Though after an impressive freshman season, White had an inconsistent and disappointing sophomore season.
Offensively, White plays like a natural scorer with a scorer's mentality. He effectively uses his mid-range jumper off the dribble or curling off of picks. White shoots well from the three point line, but he tends to settle for the three given his athleticism. He needs to improve on his shot selection and decision making on when to pass the ball.
White played the point as a freshman and excelled in scoring, but he doesn't possess the ball handling of a typically point guard. Though built strong and athletic, he settles for floaters rather than finishing with authority and drawing contact, something he'll need to improve at the next level. If he is able to learn to finish stronger and tighten his handles, the sky is the limit offensively for White.
Defensively, White has all the tools to be a great defender. He has a decent wingspan, a strong body, and solid lateral quickness. While the tools are there, he struggles when it comes to maintaining intensity and going after it throughout the game. He has potential to be a stopper, but he'll need to put forth more effort at the next level.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
White has all the tools that scouts drool over in terms of shooting, athleticism, and size at the shooting guard position. However, White struggles when not playing as the go to guy, and he's certainly going to start out as a role player in the NBA. He also struggles to consistently put in effort on both ends of the floor which won't endear him to his coaches if it doesn't change. He's a high ceiling/low floor type of prospect in that he has a number of red flags that scream bust while a number of attributes that scream lottery pick.
Overall, White could go anywhere from late lottery to early second round. Some team could fall in love with him determining he has that potential to be that guy. He has the ability to be a top 10 talent in the draft, but must improve desire, motor, and IQ. I feel he resembles the game of a Rodney Stuckey with a better three point shot. How well he learns to mesh with others will determine how good of a player he becomes.
How does his game translate to the Bulls?
Offensively, White's upside is an almost a perfect fit next to Rose. He can shoot, create if a player is closing out on him, and defend the shooting guard position. Unfortunately, his downside is guy who's out of the league in a couple years if the desire and work ethic aren't there. I will not be disappointed if they took a chance on him if Paul George, Ekpe Udoh, and Larry Sanders are off the board but will temper expectations.