In his first year at Iowa State after transferring from Minnesota, Royce White was a key part in the resurgence of the Iowa State program. Bringing a very unique skillset to the table, White created constant mismatches at the collegiate level and will do so in the NBA as well. Questions about his anxiety disorder and other off-court problems will likely drop White in the first round, but talent wise he is one of the best in this draft.
What separates White from most other prospects is his unique skillset for his position. Often bringing the ball up and playing point forward for the Iowa State offense, White is very comfortable with the ball in his hands and being a facilitator. Despite being a good ball-handler and having good court vision, White was very turnover prone. Offering a versatile option on offense, he has good low-post skills as well, possessing a good touch and many moves. His jump-shot was inconsistent last year but does possess the range to stretch the floor as a big. His free-throw shooting will something he needs to improve on.
Defensively, White has the size and NBA frame to be an effective NBA defender. While he might not be a lockdown defender, White will hold up well because he has the bulk to play in the post and quickness to play on the perimeter. His strength is rebounding, where he he uses his bulk and positions himself well.
The key for White is finding teams that will be comfortable with him and his disorder/off-court issues. He reportedly interviewed well at the NBA Combine and lessened the concern about his red flags. With his unique skill set and high talent level, White will enter the NBA as a player to watch.
|Rank||26th overall (7th PF)|
|Projection||Mid-Late 1st round|
|Strengths||Skilled big man
Reliable jumpshooter with range
|Weaknesses||Poor free-throw shooter
Turnover prone at times