For the second straight year, future NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade hosted a business and basketball-themed camp at the Stance Basketball facility called "The Invitational", where Wade invites young players from around the NBA to spend a week fine-tuning their on and off the court skills.
This year's camp featured Bulls No. 7 overall 2019 draft pick Coby White, who will be entering his rookie season hoping to become a big part of a Bulls team looking for major improvements across the board.
Wade's camp—which was originally called "The Blueprint"—takes place over a week filled with everything ranging from serious conversations about finances and the life of a pro athlete with Wade to spirited dodgeball games featuring Stance employees going against NBA players.
The main goal of the camp is for Wade to pass off all of the knowledge he can to the future generation of NBA stars, and White is no doubt all ears considering the similarities in the start of their respective NBA careers.
Like Wade, Coby White is a top-10 draft pick who will be joining a team that is looking to bounce back from a season in which they won less than 30 games. And just like rookie year Wade, White will likely soon be choosing which shoe brand to partner with for the foreseeable future.
Obviously, the fact that White is already being considered for a shoe deal shows what a marketable and talented player he is but he needs to work on the finer points of being a distributor at the NBA level to get off to a fast start in Chicago. Wade is a great teacher for this specific task. The former Bull averaged 5.4 assists per game for his career despite often being Miami's first scoring option.
Wade also played next to a high-usage player during Miami's peaks with Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James, and his experiences with those teams will be a boon to White, who will need to find a way to fit his primarily score-first playing style next to Bulls leading scorer Zach LaVine.
The Invitational camp will become an even stronger offseason program with Wade in full post-retirement mode and it will continue to build NBA friendships that last long beyond playing days. And for Coby White, he can add Dwyane Wade to the list of NBA greats that have worked with him and cosigned his energetic, fast-paced game.