MINNEAPOLIS – With the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets selected Minneapolis native Royce White.
White, who originally committed to the University of Minnesota, left the program during what would have been his freshman season. He transferred to Iowa State, where he played one season under coach Fred Hoiberg, a former Timberwolves player.
In his one season at Iowa State, White averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. He led his team to the NCAA tournament, where they lost in the round of 32 to Kentucky. It was the Cyclones’ first tournament berth since 2005. Despite that succes, White’s season was somewhat altered by his admission of an anxiety disorder, which colored his draft process. A top talent, White said before the draft that his disorder made his draft possibilities more uncertain, and his selection at 16 fell within a reasonable range for him.
White played power forward at Iowa State, but Hoiberg has said that the way in which the Cyclones used White makes him the kind of player who could transition to small forward in the NBA.
The Rockets also selected Jeremy Lamb with the 12th pick, which they acquired from Milwaukee this week.