In an announcement that should surprise few, Iowa State sophomore guard/forward Royce White has signed with an agent and announced his intent to be eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.
Although players have the option to back out from the draft by April 10th should they choose not to sign with an agent, White’s eligibility has been ended by doing so and he cannot return to Iowa State.
By many projections, White could be a mid-to-late first-round pick, with the well-respected NBA Draft mock site, NBADraft.net placing White as the 22nd overall pick of the Indiana Pacers. Others have White going as high as No. 16 in the first round.
White averaged a little over 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for the Cyclones during the 2011-2012 campaign and showed the propensity to be a true offensive threat due to his massive upper body and ability to penetrate opposing defenses and create space.
White’s no slouch on the defensive side of the ball either, dominating on the defensive boards due to his large backside and use of his lower body strength.
If there is a knock on the talented 6’8″, 270 pound combo-forward, it is a tendency to take plays off or space out at inopportune times. Once diagnosed with anxiety disorder, White has worked with a therapist to better maintain his level of concentration and control in anxious and demanding situations.
White does take medication for the disorder daily– and has done so since his days as a high school standout in Minneapolis, Minnesota– but the condition is enough under control that it will not be too much of a factor as NBA General Managers and team executives decide whether White fits into their future plans.
Guys like Royce White don’t come along all that often.
The diverse skill set he owns at his size could make him a valuable addition to any NBA roster, the only question that now remains is which roster it will be.