There’s some interesting news coming out of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men’s basketball program.

A Division II All-American and the school's all-time leading scorer, Derrick White, requested and received permission from head coach Jeff Culver to talk to the University of Colorado (Boulder) and play for the Buffs in his senior season.

White can transfer to Colorado and not have to sit out the year because he is moving from Division II to Division I.

White averaged 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season for the Mountain Lions, who finished 27-6. UCCS won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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There’s no word if Colorado is interested in White. The Buffs, though, are losing junior guard Jaron Hopkins, who has decided to leave the program and transfer.

In an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Culver said they supported any decision that White made and wished him well. At the same time, when asked if White could return to UCCS after talking to Colorado, Culver said, “That's not our assumption. We're moving forward."

Sounds like no to me.

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Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.