NBA Draft 2019: North Carolina’s Coby White declares after breakout freshman season

Coby White is heading to the NBA.

The point guard announced Wednesday on Twitter he was entering the draft after one season at North Carolina.

“This season has taught me so much and I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to play at UNC with a group of guys that have truly become my brothers for anything,” White said. “These past 10 months have been the highlight of my basketball career and I’ve grown so much on and off the court.

“I’ve always had a dream of playing basketball in the NBA and with that being said, I’ve decided to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. This year, this school, this experience has prepared me for the next phase of my basketball journey.

White was the 25th-ranked recruit in the class of 2018, according to 247Sports, but had a breakout freshman year for the Tar Heels. He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range.

North Carolina finished the season with a 29-7 record and advanced to the Sweet 16, where it fell to Auburn, 97-80.

“I just loved every minute of coaching Coby,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement. “Anyone who follows the game knows Coby could always put the ball in the basket. I also gave him the ball and asked him to run my team. And he did that very well. 

“He gave our fans and our team many thrills this year and accomplished things that only a few players his age have ever done. He is one of the most exciting young players in the game. I am going to enjoy watching him play at the next level.”

White is projected to be selected by the Magic with the 13th pick in Sporting News’ latest mock draft. Fellow Tar Heels freshman Nassir Little also announced he was turning pro last week.