Coach: ‘Great pos­si­bil­ity’ White will start opener

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball - BY JONATHAN M. ALEXAN­DER jalexan­der@new­sob­server.com

North Carolina coach Roy Wil­liams said he thinks there is a “great pos­si­bil­ity” fresh­man point guard Coby White will start on Tues­day when the Tar Heels open their sea­son against Wof­ford.

“He’s played well, and he’s had a bet­ter pre­sea­son,” Wil­liams said Fri­day night.

White has been in a com­pe­ti­tion to start with ju­nior point guard Seven­thWoods, who av­er­aged 1.1 points and one as­sist per game last sea­son.

Wil­liams has typ­i­cally started vet­er­ans at the be­gin­ning of a sea­son. IfWhite does start, he will be the first fresh­man to start the sea­son at point guard for Wil­liams sinceMar­cus Paige did in 2012.

White, a 6-5, 185-pound guard, was aMcDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can and five-star re­cruit com­ing out of high school at Green­field in Wil­son. He fin­ished his high school ca­reer as the state’s all­time leader scorer with 3,573 points.

In Fri­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion, he had 7 points, 6 re­bounds, 6 as­sists and four turnovers.

Woods had 8 points, 3 re­bounds, 2 as­sists and 4 turnovers.

“I think he’s go­ing to be a heck of a player for us,” Wil­liams said of White. “He and Sev­enth (Woods) both had four turnovers, Coby in 22 min­utes and Sev­enth in 16, so I don’t like point guards that have those kind of turnover to­tals. But it was a high pos­ses­sion game, and our press of­fense, we haven’t had an op­por­tu­nity to go against that very­much.”

“Coby has re­ally had a good pre­sea­son for us.”

White and UNC’s other fresh­men won’t be­made avail­able to talk to the me­dia un­til af­ter they play their first reg­u­lar sea­son game.

As for Woods, he said he’s will­ing to do what­ever it takes to win.

“You’ve got to com­pete for the spots you want,” Woods said. “He got his to­day. There’s still some room to im­prove for both of us. As far as feel­ing some type of way about start­ing, I’d just rather go out there and play bas­ket­ball and con­trib­ute for the team.”

ROBERT WIL­LETT rwil­lett@new­sob­server.com

North Carolina fresh­man Coby White runs the of­fense dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion game against Mt. Olive on Fri­day. He is likely to be in the start­ing lineup when the sea­son be­gins Tues­day against Wof­ford.

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