At the end of June, Terrico White's contract with Radnicki Kragujevac in Serbia will expire, and he won't be returning. The former 36th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft will once again set his sights on securing a roster spot in the NBA, and hope to prove to NBA executives that his highly touted speed and athleticism still remain, along with other improved areas of his game.
If one were to connect the dots, White's contract expiring at the end of June, will allow the former Ole Miss standout to play in NBA Summer League, however, that has not been confirmed yet. White has played in Summer League twice before, once for Detroit, and last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 9.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24.0 minutes through 10 total NBA Summer League games in his career.
White is coming off a successful run in Serbia where he averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. More importantly, White appears to be healthy, something that has not always been the case for the 23-year-old following a devastating foot injury in his first career NBA preseason game. However, White's decision to play overseas heading right into the summer, could be perfect timing for White to showcase his talents once again.
In the 2011-2012 season, White played 18 games in the NBADL and averaged 25.0 minutes for the Idaho Stampede. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. White displayed his true impact during a 7-game stretch where he scored in double digits each game (17.4 ppg) and averaged 4.2 rebounds in 30.7 minutes. During his time in Idaho, White demonstrated that he can be much more than simply a high-flyer. Although, his incredible leaping ability has been an attribute that has impressed fans and executives over his career.
In fact, while White was a member of the Stampede he was invited to participate in the 2012 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest, but had to withdraw due to an injury. Some of White's above the rim work can be viewed below.
White will look to carry his European success with him to training camps and tryouts back in the States, and if so, the talented 6'5'' guard can ultimately achieve redemption following his rookie season injury. If White can land an opportunity this summer, perhaps he can begin an NBA career that really never got off the ground to start.