No. 25 – Royce White, Sophomore, Iowa State; 2011-12 stats: 13.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 53% shooting
I really like Royce White. He can do it all, and aside from his unorthodox nature, some team is going to find themselves with a very good player. At 6-8, 260 pounds, White may be a bit of a tweener. But, the fact is he is just a good basketball player. He is very physical on the court and can hold his own athletically. His athleticism will almost sneak up on you sometimes. I really like him at the 3 in the NBA; I think he has the skills to be able to play there, while also sliding to the 4 if needed.
Offensively, he can score from anywhere on the court. Inside or outside, White is a very adept scorer. He has decent range, but only attempted twelve 3-pointers all season, making four. He is very crafty around the rim, and has a great post game. At 6-8, he is a superb passer and ball handler. The Cyclones saw themselves with White facilitating the offense. His court vision is off the charts and he could really be a point forward in the NBA.
Players with his size and skills don’t come around often. A downside offensively is his shooting. While he has solid range, he can be inconsistent. Also, only 12 threes isn’t a big problem, but if he wants to be able to play small forward, he will need to become a more consistent shooter and extend his range. White is probably one of the most interesting players in the whole draft.
He does come with some risk, which is why he could be available late in the first round. He was dismissed from the University of Minnesota for off-the-court issues, which is how he ended up at Iowa State. He also suffers from an anxiety disorder and he has a serious fear of flying. Teams will definitely have to do their homework on him leading up to the Draft.
I would love to see White in the Wine and Gold. I think he would be great coming off the bench, being able to play either the 3 or 4 for Cleveland. Placed in the right spot, White can thrive. I think the Cavs would be a great team for White to land on and I think he fits in perfectly as a scoring 3 coming off the bench.
Written by Nick Mancini
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