NBA Draft View: Iowa State's Royce White
Royce White is out of the NCAA Tournament, but not before making some waves. He even impressed in an 87-71 beat-down at the hands of Kentucky, where White tried valiantly to the tune of 23 points, nine boards and four assists. Scouts who'd been in town to parse a Kentucky vs. UConn match that never happened were quite taken by the Iowa State star.
Pros: Royce can go coast-to-coast, creating on a whim. If you are optimistic regarding his pro prospects, White is a prototypical point forward. Listed at 6'8", 270 lbs, the enlarged bowling ball puts up the unique stat line of 13.4 points, 9.3 boards and 5.0 assists. He can create his own tempo from a basic rebound, like if Boris Diaw could actually move. His strong hands suction boards from opponents and occasionally his own teammates.
Cons: Though the "cons" don't necessarily outweigh the "pros," they are certainly greater in number. For one, White has an anxiety disorder that gets in the way of flight travel. In a perfect world, all would be patient with White on this issue. I'm just not sure NBA coaches necessarily want to look after a rookie to this degree.
Though highly mobile, Royce is not an elite athlete. If you consider him "big" then his block numbers are a concern. White averaged .9 blocks per game, and NCAA frontcourt players who average less than one rarely make it in the league. If you expect White to be a wing player, then his shooting is a concern. The Iowa sophomore shot only .4 threes per game, and he improperly juts an elbow out on jumpers.
Conclusion: A perfect high-risk/high-reward pick for teams drafting out of the lottery. If you want to get a full sense of White's skill set, I highly recommend this highlight package of his triple double vs. Texas A&M.
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