COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The first UCCS student-athlete to be selected in the NBA draft will return to campus later this month to have his jersey number retired.
Derrick White, who was drafted in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, will return Feb. 17 when UCCS takes on MSU Denver. He will sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Berger Hall before the retirement ceremony, which will take place at approximately 7:30 p.m. inside the Gallogly Events Center during pregame festivities.
White was a two-time All-American in three seasons at UCCS. He led the Mountain Lions to the 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament championship in an 82-65 win against MSU Denver. White still holds UCCS career records in assists and steals and is second in scoring.
White transferred to CU Boulder for his senior season, earning All-Pac-12 honors. He finished seventh in single-season scoring records for the Buffaloes. White earned his business degree in May 2017.
White was the No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and is the highest-drafted player in RMAC history. He has appeared in 13 games for the Spurs, averaging six minutes per game. He is shooting nearly 46 percent from the field.