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Draft Day Gets Closer For Royce White

Release: 06/21/2012
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AMES, Iowa - Royce White will be watching television intently on June 28. That's the night of the 2012 NBA Draft, and the former Cyclone basketball superstar will be in Ames to watch the annual event which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Coverage of the event begins at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

White's interest in this year's draft is rather simple. His name is expected to be called.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., White helped lead the Cyclones back into the national spotlight last season. The All-American and All-Big 12 first-teamer was the only player in the nation to lead his team in scoring (13.4), rebounding (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.1) and blocks (1.9) in 2011-12.

Thanks to White, the Cyclones made their first appearance in the NCAA Championship in seven years, tied for third in the Big 12 (12-6) and appeared in the top-25 for the first time since 2005.

White's stock elevated dramatically after the NCAA Championship when the big man averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds against perennial powers UConn and Kentucky. He maintained that buzz by not disappointing scouts in his individual workouts and his performance at the NBA Draft combine in early June.

Iowa State basketball has had a rich history of sending players to the NBA. Since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97, Iowa State ranks third in the league behind Kansas and Texas in total number of NBA draftees with seven.

White is aiming to become the ninth Cyclone first-rounder in school history, joining Zaid Abdul-Aziz (1968, 5th), Jeff Grayer (1988, 13th), Victor Alexander (1991, 17th), Loren Meyer (1995, 24th), Kelvin Cato (1997, 15th), Marcus Fizer (2000, 4th), Jamaal Tinsley (2001, 27th) and Craig Brackins (2010, 21st).

To watch an interview with White previewing the draft, click the "play" link on the photo above.
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