Royce White was widely considered a top-10 prospect heading into the 2012 NBA draft, and rightfully so. He proved to be a stud during his one season at Iowa State, where he led the Cyclones in all five major statistical categories while carrying Fred Hoiberg's team into the NCAA tournament.
That being said, few (if any) draftniks actually thought he'd go as early as his talents would suggest. A rap sheet from his short-lived days at Minnesota—stemming, at least in part, from his generalized anxiety disorder—rendered White a liability in the minds of most scouts and GMs, particularly those charged with picking wisely in the lottery.
As a result, White fell into the lap of the Houston Rockets at No. 16, though he might've fallen out of the first round entirely if not for head coach Kevin McHale lobbying on his behalf.
In total, 13 NBA teams (including the Rockets) passed on White before he finally came off the board in late June. That, in itself, should be motivation enough for the mighty Minneapolis native to shine during his rookie season and beyond in H-Town.
There's no shortage of other reasons to believe that White will make those who passed on him pay for doing so, though these five should make for a solid start.