Houston Selects Royce White at No. 16
AMES, Iowa - Royce White is heading to the NBA. The national newcomer of the year, All-American and All-Big 12 First-Team pick found out tonight with a group of supporters at the Sukup Basketball Complex.
The place erupted when White was selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round as the 16th pick in the entire draft. He becomes the ninth Cyclone to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
White announced his intentions to leave school early and begin a professional career in basketball shortly after the 2011-12 season ended. White was one of the primary reasons for Iowa State's resurgence on the college hoops scene last year, as the Cyclones posted a 23-11 mark while advancing to the third round of the NCAA Championships.
The Minneapolis, Minn., native 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 (0.9) last season. His season rebounding (316) and assist (170) totals rank in Iowa State's top-10 and the power forward was the only player from a power-six conference to rank in the top-100 nationally in rebounds (34th- 9.3), FG pct. (36th- 53.4) and assists (57th- 5.0).
White is the 35th former Cyclone to be drafted in the NBA and the first since Craig Brackins was selected in the 2010 draft. Iowa State has had eight NBA draft picks since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97, the third-best total in the league.
To watch an interview from White, highlights from draft night and a special White highlight video, click the embedded media players below.
VIDEO: Royce White 2011-12 Hit Tape
VIDEO: NBA Draft Reaction and Interview
VIDEO: Royce White Talks NBA Draft Selection
VIDEO: Fred Hoiberg Talks Royce White and the Draft
Iowa State NBA Draftees
1948 Ray Wehde, Boston Celtics
1953 Delmar Diercks, New York Knicks
1957 Gary Thompson, Minneapolis Lakers (5th/35th)
1958 Don Medsker, Cincinnati Royals (12th/79th)
1961 Henry Whitney, Syracuse Nationals (4th/37th)
1962 Vince Brewer, Syracuse Nationals (9th/74th)
1963 Marv Straw, St. Louis Hawks (11th/77th)
1968 Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Cincinnati Royals (1st/5th)
John McGonigle, Chicago Bulls (11th/137th)
1970 Bill Cain, Portland Trailblazers (3rd/42nd)
1973 Martinez Denmon, Boston Celtics (3rd/52nd)
Clint Harris, Phoenix Suns (5th/77th)
Tom O'Connor, Cleveland Cavaliers (16th/201st)
1974 Robert Wilson, Houston Rockets (3rd/41st)
1976 Hercle Ivy, Houston Rockets (4th/61st)
Art Johnson, New Orleans Jazz (10th/165th)
1979 Andrew Parker, Washington Bullets (3rd/46th)
1980 Dean Uthoff, San Antonio Spurs (6th/129th)
1982 Robert Estes, Kansas City Kings (10th/210th)
1985 Barry Stevens, Denver Nuggets (2nd/43rd)
1986 Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns (2nd/46th)
1987 Tom Schafer, Denver Nuggets (3rd/54th)
Sam Hill, Dallas Mavericks (5th/112th)
1988 Jeff Grayer, Milwaukee Bucks (1st/13th)
1991 Victor Alexander, Golden State Warriors (1st/17th)
1995 Loren Meyer, Dallas Mavericks (1st/24th)
Fred Hoiberg, Indiana Pacers (2nd/52nd)
1997 Kelvin Cato, Dallas Mavericks (1st/15th)
2000 Marcus Fizer, Chicago Bulls (1st/4th)
2001 Jamaal Tinsley, Vancouver Grizzlies (1st/27th)
2004 Jackson Vroman, Chicago Bulls (2nd/31st)
2006 Will Blalock, Detroit Pistons (2nd/60th)
2008 Mike Taylor, Portland Trailblazers (2nd/55th)
2010 Craig Brackins, Oklahoma City Thunder (1st/21st)
2012 Royce White, Houston Rockets (1st/16)
(first number indicates round selected/second number indicates pick)