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Derrick White from a division two star at UCCS to playing in the NBA Finals

Two weeks ago, Derrick White was playing in the NBA Finals. This week, the former UCCS Mountain Lion and CU Buff returned to his home town in Parker for a basketball camp. “This is where I grew up. This is my hometown. This is where I worked out. This is where I played basketball my whole life. To come back here and have my own camp, at the place where I fell in love with the game of basketball, it’s special,” says Derrick White.

For his camp champions, White was handing out some bobbleheads, but it was from his time with the San Antonio Spurs. White got traded to the Boston Celtics in February, and what a pickup that turned out to be. Despite the Celtics, losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, White was fantastic, “That’s a dream come true. It’s what you watch as a kid. As an NBA player, you always dream about playing in those games. I had a lot of fun. I knew I just wanted to go out there and compete. Obviously, we came up a couple of games short, but (it was) a great learning experience,” says White.

Representing UCCS on the NBA's biggest stage was pretty sweet, "That’s where it started. That’s the team that kind of gave me the opportunity. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve got a lot of love for UCCS. I’m extremely thankful for the time I had there,” says White.

He has some unfinished business, “I just gotta get better. Stay in the gym, get better, and try to make another run at it,” says White.

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