Craig Brackins & Royce White to Play Friendly Pick-Up Game in Des Moines

Zachary JamesCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Royce White #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones brings the ball up court against the Kentucky Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Royce White just couldn't wait to play against a former Iowa State Cyclone in the NBA. Tonight, he won't have to wait. 

Craig Brackins, now with the Philadelphia 76ers, will play against White in the Capital City League this evening in the Greater Des Moines area. 

White—who is anticipated to be picked anywhere from 15th to 30th—has had workouts with many NBA franchises, including Minnesota, his hometown team, but hasn't really been playing in front of crowds since being eliminated by the eventual national champion Kentucky Wildcats in this year's Sweet 16.'s Chad Ford has White landing with the Atlanta Hawks at pick No. 23. 

For those who aren't quite familiar with White, he brings great upside to the NBA. His greatest strength is his size. He is 6'8" with a wingspan of seven feet, and he let it be shown in the Big 12. 

Brackins is coming off of a quiet season, however. Philadelphia went on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Brackins played in 14 games for the Sixers during the season, respectively, and averaged only 1.1 PPG and around the same for rebounds.

Prior to making it on the Sixers' roster, Brackins played in the D-League for the Maine Red Claws where he averaged 18.9 PPG and 9.3 RPG.  

Because of the age difference, the two have never faced each other—until tonight.  

The two will face off in a Capital City League contest starting at around 6:45 p.m. Iowa time at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines.