July 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Ted Kulfan: Pistons

Second-round pick Terrico White could prove to be steal for Pistons

Terrico White scored 17 in his Pistons summer league debut Friday. (Getty Images)

Las Vegas -- Sure he was disappointed. It stung Terrico White when his name wasn't read off by commissioner David Stern in the first round of last month's NBA Draft.

White, from Ole Miss, thought he was good enough to go in the first round.

"My agent was telling me late in the first round," White said.

The first round passed, then several more picks in the second. Finally, with the 36th overall pick, the Pistons selected White.

Both sides are happy it worked out that way.

"I feel real good about being here," said White, who's in Las Vegas this week for the NBA summer league. "Detroit showed the most interest. It's a big honor to be with the Pistons."

Scott Perry, the Pistons vice-president of basketball operations, thought the 6-foot-5 White was one of the most athletic players available.

Perry, too, felt White would be a late first round pick. Falling to the second round was an unexpectedly pleasant development for the Pistons.

"We feel he'll be able to play both guard positions," Perry said.

Ready to contribute

Watching White in Las Vegas, there's reason to be optimistic he could some day be a contributor.

Late in Friday's victory over the Lakers, White nailed a jumper with 14.1 seconds left, faking the defender to the floor.

"I told him to wait (until the shot clock got down to seven) but he put an Ole Miss juke (on the defender) and made the shot," Pistons assistant coach Pat Sullivan said. "It was one of those 'No, no, no, great shot kid.' "

White had several nice shots against the Lakers, scoring 17 on 6-of-8 shooting.

With a crowded Pistons backcourt, White likely won't get much playing time. But when you see his 40-inch vertical leap, wide wingspan and athletic ability (White was a premier high school quarterback in Mississippi), there's reason to believe White could someday help the Pistons.

And wouldn't those teams picking late in the first round be kicking themselves?

"It'd be great to come in here and help these guys win whatever way I can," White said.

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