Since being selected with the 16th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets Royce White has yet suit up in the regular season. White’s much publicized struggle with the Rockets on how to deal with his anxiety disorder has led to an extended period away from the team. It has also overshadowed what kind of talent and ability White has, when he takes the floor.
In his final season at Iowa State White averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.2 steals, and almost a block per game on the way to a First Team All-Big 12 selection. With the Rockets off to a 28-25 start and, for the moment, holders of a playoff spot any contribution would be a bonus in attempting to secure a birth in the postseason.
Last month White’s journey to the NBA picked up steam when he agreed to join the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the Development League. This past Friday White passed his physical and Tuesday he participated in shoot around ahead of the Vipers’ game against the Maine Red Claws, where the 6’8″ forward was expected to make his debut.
White registered 7 points (3-8 FG), 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 18 minutes off the bench in Rio Grande Valley’s 139-122 victory. He is also expected to see action in Wednesday’s game versus the Texas Legends.
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