So many great moments occurred during the first night of the NBA Draft on Thursday, from Zion Williamson shedding tears after being taken with the first overall pick to Jordan Bone’s surprise selection at No. 57.
Add Coby White’s reaction to UNC teammate Cam Johnson becoming a lottery pick to that list. White was told of Johnson’s selection at No. 11 overall while speaking to media in the backroom, then provided a reaction of pure, unadulterated joy to see his teammate taken so high.
Johnson, of course, was not expected to become a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. And while he did move up in most mocks as the draft approached – Sporting News projected him at No. 23 overall to the Grizzlies – no one thought he’d be taken so early.
Johnson, a former three-star recruit out of high school, turned in such a fantastic senior season (16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists) for UNC that Phoenix seemingly thought he was worth the risk at No. 11. He and White led the Tar Heels to a 29-7 campaign in 2018-19 and a Sweet 16 berth.
White’s reaction to the whole thing just makes it that much sweeter.
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