Gophers’ White: I’m leaving team

Prized recruit Royce White says he’s leaving the Minnesota

basketball team because of his legal troubles and the stress they

are causing his family and the program.

White makes the announcement in a video posted on YouTube

early Thursday called, “Royce White – Last Interview.”

White is currently indefinitely suspended from the team while

police investigate the theft of a laptop computer from a dorm room

in November. White says he’s innocent.

However, he says the investigation has been stressful for his

family and the program, so he’s quitting. He says he has no plans

to transfer to another school.

The 6-8, 250-pound forward was Minnesota’s top recruit last

season. He hasn’t been practicing with the team while suspended.

A university spokesman says the team had no comment.