North Carolina freshman Coby White will declare for the NBA draft, he announced on social media Wednesday.

White, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound point guard, is projected to go No. 5 overall, according to NBAdraft.net. Once thought to be a multi-year player, White’s draft stock increased significantly with his success this season.

White was the team’s second-leading scorer. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 4.1 assists. He had three 30-point games, including a season-high 34 points against Syracuse on Feb. 26. He also scored 33 points against Miami on Feb. 9, and 33 against Texas on Nov. 22.

White was voted second team all-ACC this season and first team all-freshman.

“He’s one of the best players in the league,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in March. “He’s going to be an NBA player.”

White started in every game for the Tar Heels except one, when he sat out with sore foot against UNC-Wilmington.

When asked on Senior Day whether he thought it could be his final game at the Dean Smith Center, White said ‘no.’ He said he was focused on the present.

“Whatever happens after the season happens, but I don’t think about it too much,” he said.

White is motivated by the loss of his father, Donald White, who died in August 2017 from cancer. He wore pink sneakers this season in his father’s memory.

White helped lead North Carolina to a 29-7 record and an appearance in the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels lost to Auburn 97-80 in the Midwest Region semifinal game. He finished with 15 points.

“I just loved every minute of coaching Coby,” UNC coach Roy Williams said in a statement released by the school. “He committed to us prior to his junior year, so even though he played one season as a Tar Heel, we’ve known his family for a long time. It’s been an honor to have gotten to know them. His father told me he wanted his son to play for me, which is one of the neatest compliments I’ve ever been given. Coby not only played for our team and for himself, he played to make his father proud, and he certainly has accomplished that.”

North Carolina freshman forward Nassir Little announced his intention to enter the NBA draft on Monday.

With White’s departure, that leaves the Tar Heels without their top five scorers from last season. Seniors Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson have all exhausted their eligibility.

Maye, Johnson, White, Little and Williams accounted for 67 percent of the Tar Heels’ scoring. The Tar Heels’ sixth leading score was sophomore forward Garrison Brooks, who averaged 7.9 points per game.

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