Forgotten Duke basketball captain deserves a legit shot at NBA

Duke basketball captain Jack White (Photo by Luis Veniegra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Duke basketball captain Jack White (Photo by Luis Veniegra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

A forgotten Duke basketball captain deserves a legit shot at an NBA roster. 

He’s not a one-and-done nor did he showcase his natural and incredible athletic ability while with the Duke basketball program but Jack White deserves a legitimate shot at making an NBA roster.

White went to play professional basketball in his home country of Australia after he graduated from the Blue Devils but ruptured his Achilles tendon quickly into his rookie season.

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However, he returned to the court just eight months after his injury and is coming back stronger than before.

The 6-foot-8 forward currently plays for Melbourne United in the Australian NBL and has become one of the most versatile players in the league while recently making his debut for the Australian Men’s Basketball National Team this summer in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

Duke basketball captain taking advantage of major opportunity

Jack White was then invited to play for the Denver Nuggets during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League and has continued his outstanding play which is giving him a real chance to compete for a roster spot.

The former Blue Devil did not see much playing time in his Summer League debut on Friday night after only logging 11:35 on the floor but took full advantage of his opportunity with four points, one rebound, and one block on 2-of-3 shooting from the field.

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White got a boost in his playing time on Sunday afternoon after his debut performance and, once again, showed that he is capable of competing at the highest level in basketball with eight points, 15 rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Denver still has one two-way contract available for the upcoming season and it seems possible that the Nuggets will offer the Aussie a chance to play in the organization and eventually help the franchise at the NBA level next season.

Jack White is 6-of-10 from the floor during his two games in Las Vegas and will return to the court on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers (10:00 pm EST, NBATV).

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