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    RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

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    AMES, Iowa – Iowa State point-forward Royce White recorded one of the finest seasons in school history this past year while helping thrust the Cyclone men’s basketball program back into the national spotlight. After consulting with his family and Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg, White announced today he will enter his name into the 2012 NBA Draft.

    “In conversations I’ve had with NBA personnel, Royce’s unique skill-set and big-time performances vs. elite competition have positioned him to realize his professional dreams,” said Hoiberg. “His ball-skill abilities coupled with his strength and size is a rare combination. Royce is a wonderful person and it was an honor for me to get the chance to coach him.”

    White, a sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining, announced his intentions this afternoon at a media conference with Hoiberg by his side at the Jacobson Building.

    White signed with an agent this week, therefore relinquishing his future eligibility at Iowa State.

    “First of all, I want to thank the entire community of Ames and Iowa State University. There is no way to express how much I appreciate everything this community has done for me,” White said. “Ames has given me my life back, supported me in a way that allowed me to find myself, to improve myself as a man even more so than an athlete.”

    “Coach Hoiberg is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met. I’m proud to have shared a piece of his legacy in his town,” White added. “I will always cherish Cyclone fans. They have uplifted me in so many ways, from support on the court, to allowing me to feel comfortable enough to share my problems with anxiety and pursuit of helping those who suffer from mental illness everywhere.”

    A native of Minneapolis, Minn., White was arguably the most versatile collegiate basketball player in the nation in 2011-12. He is the only player in the nation to lead his team in scoring (13.4), rebounding (9.3), assists (5.0) , steals (1.1) and blocks (0.9), becoming just the second Cyclone in school history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists in a season (Hoiberg did it in 1993-94). White also ranked in the top-100 nationally in three categories: rebounding (34th- 9.3), field goal percentage (37th- 53.4) and assists (57th- 5.0).

    White’s outstanding play was the lynchpin for the Cyclones’ success on the hardwood in 2011-12, helping lead Iowa State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years, the third-most conference wins in school history (12-6) and the fourth-most overall wins (23) in the history of the program.

    The All-Big 12 First Team selection started to see his name appear on many NBA mock draft boards throughout the season, but his stock rose dramatically after averaging 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in NCAA Championship games vs. national powers Connecticut and Kentucky. He also shot 71.4 from the field (15-21 FG) in the two NCAA Tournament games.

    The Cyclone star recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-64 victory over defending national champion Connecticut, doing most of his damage vs. Andre Drummond, who is listed as the sixth-best prospect on ESPN’s Chad Ford’s top-100 NBA hopefuls. He then followed that performance with a 23-point, 9-rebound showing against top-ranked Kentucky, holding his own against the Wildcats’ Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Davis is projected as the No. 1 pick in the majority of the 2012 mock drafts. Kidd-Gilchrist is also a potential top-10 pick in this year’s draft.

    White, who was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year and earned all-district recognition from both the USBWA and NABC, assessed his potential with Hoiberg, who played 10 seasons in the NBA and spent five seasons in front office positions in the NBA. Both White and Hoiberg felt now is the time to make the jump into professional basketball.

    “Iowa State is a special place and there will always be a special place in my heart for this university and my experiences here,” White said. “I will always remember beating the Jayhawks and making our way back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years. Lastly, I want to thank my teammates, without them none of our success would have been possible. They’re some of the best young men I’ve ever been around. I love each and every one of them. The same is true for our brilliant coaching staff and hardworking graduate assistants and managers. Thank you Cyclone Nation!”

    Other exploits White produced during his lone Cyclone season was the fourth triple-double in Iowa State history vs. Texas A&M (10 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists) and the highest rebounding total (316) by a Cyclone since Dean Uthoff (378) in 1978.

    The 2012 NBA Draft is scheduled to be held on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Well, damn.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Time to move on. Hopefully CFH can use this as a recruiting tool. Good luck in the league Royce.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    glad we got him for a season at least




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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    I wish nothing but the best for Royce. Classy guy.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Early in the season I said I did not think he was ready for the NBA, but as the season went on that shifted. I am happy and sad at the same time, happy for our future NBA pro, but sad that I cannot watch him in person anymore. Good luck Royce you made us proud brother!!!



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    I still think hes coming back...



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonepower View Post
    I still think hes coming back...
    LOL. What part of signing with an agent did you not understand.

    Or did you forget one of these:



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonepower View Post
    I still think hes coming back...
    Hopelessly optimistic. You receive the Cyclonepride Seal of Approval.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Congrats Royce! Thank you! Awesome comments!



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    I look forward to buying his jersey from one of the "cheap, but high quality jersey" sites.

    Good luck to Royce. And while this will hurt ISU next season, putting a guy like Royce in the NBA as quickly as Hoiberg did can only help ISU in the long run.


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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    This would be more sad if he was making the wrong decision and would get to watch draft day without hearing his name called..but I think he made the right decision..can't fault him for it.

    Might have to buy my first nba jersey. Hopefully its something semi-wearable and not something like a bobcats jersey



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    Exciting times for RW. Once he gets his jumper down, Royce is going to be very good in the NBA.



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    Re: RELEASE: Royce White to the NBA

    I wish the guy the best in the NBA hope he dominates the combo forward role he'll get to play. So much potential i can only hope he realizes it.



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