Derrick White is a fast-rising sleeper (does that make him a morning person?) White’s story is incredible, as inspiring a story as Jeremy Lin’s (I had to, sorry.) The then-6-foot guard received no interest from Division I schools. He enrolled at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, a Division II School. White hit a late grow spurt, then dominated the Division II level. Later, he transferred to Colorado-Boulder for his senior campaign, sitting out a year.
At Colorado, White’s all around guard game was a revelation. He was productive in the Pac-12, a conference full of basketball powerhouses. White showed a tremendous knack for making the right play, not losing a step (or point guard instincts) after a five-inch growth spurt. He showed a tremendous feel for the game and a solid jumper to boot.