Royce White drafted by Rockets at No. 16: What they're writing

  • Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
  • June 28, 2012 - 8:58 PM

Here's a collection of media reports on Houston draft Royce White, the Hopkins High grad who spent a year at Iowa State before turning pro.

The Des Moines Register wrote: "So much for that fear of flying obstacle. . .and the inability to shoot with a passable percentage.Buckle you seatbelts. Former Iowa State star Royce White is ready for takeoff. Houston thumbed its nose to all that Thursday by making the here today, gone tomorrow White their first pick, and 16th overall, in the two-round NBA draft."

Here's the Houston Chronicle basketball blog on Houston's first-round picks, which include White.

 The Dream Shake, a Houston Rockets blog, wrote: "Nobody saw this coming. Nobody. Royce White, the talented, do-everything forward from Iowa State, is now a Houston Rocket, and if there's ever a boom-or-bust pick, this is it."

Here's a report on the selection from IowaStateDaily.Com.

In a story that appeared on that web site earlier Thursday, Alex Halsted wrote: "In his time at Iowa State, Royce said he learned a lot about himself and said he is a different person now from the teenaged college freshman who was suspended at Minnesota. 'Having lifelong quality people as friends that care about you and care about your well being is definitely always a benefit,' he said. 'That’s definitely something I found in [coach Fred Hoiberg’s] family and the whole Iowa State community.' "

A few days ago, the website Grantland wrote an extended feature on White. Jonathan Abrams wrote: White is one of the most fascinating dilemmas of this year's draft — he's the ultimate risk versus reward. Professional athletes like Zack Greinke, Brandon Marshall, and Ricky Williams have spoken publicly about coping with their own anxiety disorders. The National Institutes of Health define the disorder, which causes a heightened level of apprehension, as "a pattern of constant worry and anxiety over many different activities and events." White, unlike the others, disclosed his diagnosis before turning professional, with millions of dollars still at stake. His draft position, he says, played no part in his announcement. He felt comfortable with himself, who he was and is becoming, and wanted to help others receive the treatment they needed. Greinke, Marshall, and Williams all found ways to carve out mostly successful careers along the way. White is acutely aware of his reality.


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