Goldsboro’s Finest: Coby White

Grassroots
North Carolina

Posted On: 12/6/16 1:53 PM

The city of Goldsboro, North Carolina has a population of around 36,000 people and is home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Goldsboro is the hometown of some household names in the professional sports world. Jimmy Graham is a standout tight end in the NFL after a standout career at Miami playing basketball, Manny Lawson was a first round pick in the NFL in the 2006 NFL Draft, Mike Evans was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1978 NBA Draft and spent nine seasons in the league.

The next standout athlete out of Goldsboro is Coby White, coby-white-2a 6-foot-4 shooting guard/point guard who has verbally committed to Roy Williams and North Carolina. White makes the 33 minute drive everyday to Wilson, North Carolina to attend Greenfield School. Growing up in Goldsboro, White explains, “(Goldsboro) has it’s good parts and bad parts, a lot of violence sometimes but for the most part it’s a good place. It is full of people that want to see you do good in life but every place has those people that want to see you fail.” Most of the people all across Goldsboro come up to White and congratulate him on choosing the Tar Heels. “All the time, some people want autographs or they want a picture. Usually everywhere I go people come up to me and talk to me about it and all that.”

It is infrequent for an athlete to make it out of Goldsboro and succeed. That is just the way it is. Goldsboro is not a place where all dreams come true. But for White, he is on the path to making those dreams a reality. “It means a whole lot, it is rare for someone in a small town like Goldsboro to be in the position I am. I give all of that glory to God. Most people that ask me where I am from, they say oh., where is that? I am proud to be from Goldsboro and I will rep my city and be proud of where I come from.”

White is ranked as the number one prospect in PrepHoopsNC Class of 2018 rankings. He is a big-time scorer, has elite athleticism and has a high basketball IQ and understanding of the game. ” I am kind of a mixture of a few different players. I try to lead like CP3 (Chris Paul of Los Angeles Clippers), be in attack mode and play defense like Russ (Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder), and I play a little like Kyrie (Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers) mixed in offensively.”

His brother Will White played college basketball at Catawba Valley Community College and then transferred to Mars Hill University and his dad Donald White played two years at NC Central University.