From The IBL To The NBA D-League Showcase, Tyrone White Is Developing With Rio Grande Valley

Updated: January 17, 2015

Last June, Tyrone White logged minutes for the Salem Sabres in the International Basketball League (which recently announced a brand new direction), fast forward to January 2015 at the NBA D-League Showcase and the young guard was seen in a Rio Grande Valley Vipers uniform.

Safe to say, White has made significant strides in his career coming off his IBL stint.

Tyrone White caught up with the developing guard after his team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers impressed everyone in attendance by defeating the Erie BayHawks. Despite not playing in the contest due to Isaiah Canaan’s assignment from the Houston Rockets, and the addition of Toure Murray, White continues to have a positive mindset.

“It’s been a great learning experience. I’m learning how to play the point guard position, I mean before the Showcase I got a couple starts under my belt and the game is starting to slow down for me now,” White told DLD.

With the influx of NBA talent to the roster, White has slipped down in the rotation. But according to his head coach Nevada Smith, White is taking things in stride. “Ty is our starting point guard, you know we just currently have Isaiah and Toure. He gets it though. We wanted to try and get him some run and I thought we had a chance today, but they brought it back close. He’s really good and professional about everything.”

White was selected in the third round of the 2014 NBA D-League Draft by RGV, and is averaging 8.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 20.4 minutes on the season. This past season in the IBL, White earned All-Star recognition and averaged 29.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 39.8 minutes.

With RGV, White is trying to soak up the entire experience which includes being surrounded by NBA talent, even if that means his minutes are reduced as a result. “You can take bits and pieces from their game and incorporate it into your game. It’s tough, but you’ve got to roll with the punches,” White said.

Going back to his time with the Salem Sabres in the IBL, White explained that his original plans at that time did not include the NBADL.

“I didn’t have my eyes on the D-League, I was planning on going back to Europe, but now that I’m in the D-League I’ve learned so much. You’re able to work on your game everyday, and you get to do so much in the D-League, I really like it,” White added.

Smith added one final comment regarding the former Cal State Bakersfield standout, “He’s been great, he’s as good as you can get off the court. He’s really laid back and has a good mentality for a combo guard. He can really shoot it. He’s a bigger guard at 6-5, and he’s getting better defensively, we call him ‘Slow Mo’ because he has to get there with his feet first and do a good job with that, but overall he’s been great.”

Everyone knows that NBADL rosters can change in an instant, including White and his coaches. Overall, the pairing of White with RGV’s system and organization has been complementary.

“It’s a great fit, Coach Smith gets us to go up and down the floor and get shots up, I love it,” White concluded.

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