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Royce White named MVP of National Basketball League in Canada

Former Cyclone Royce White drives to the hoop for the London Lightning in the NBL. (Courtesy: NBL)

Former Iowa State Cyclone Royce White was named the most valuable player of the National Basketball League in Canada earlier this week. White set a new league record for triple-doubles in a season with five and was named the league’s player of the week twice.

He was top-five in the league in scoring and rebounding with 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the London Lightning.

White, who was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets after his one season with the Cyclones, scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead London to a 109-107 victory in the first game of the Central Division Finals on Friday.

London finished the season with a league best 39-5 record. They’ll take on Windsor in game two of the Central Division Finals on Sunday.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.