According to Chad Ford’s NBA Mock Draft, Version 8.1, on ESPN.com, the Atlanta Hawks will be taking former Cyclone point-forward Royce White of Iowa State at the No. 23 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28.
White’s game resembles LeBron’s game in the sense that both players are big, physical, athletes who play more of a point-forward style rather than your traditional small forward style. White is a good rebounder, a great passer (especially for someone his size), and an excellent ball handler who can score from both the inside as well as the outside.
The knock on White is that he is an inconsistent scorer and has a history of off the court issues which might cause a concern for the team that drafts him. White also suffers from anxiety disorder and has a serious fear of flying.
Here’s how he measures out:
Royce White (Iowa State)
Brief Bio via Hawks PR:
White spent one season with the Cyclones after transferring from Minnesota … the sophomore was the unanimous Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was recognized as a first-team All-Big 12 and a unanimous Big 12 All-Rookie Team selection … he was the only player in the nation to lead his team in the five major statistical categories last year – points (13.4), rebounding (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.1) and blocks (0.9) (.534 FG%, .333 3FG%, .498 FT%) … born in Minneapolis, MN.
*** CAREER TOTALS – 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists (.534 FG%, .333 3FG%, .498 FT%).
ESPN.com Analysis: As long as coach Larry Drew can buy into what White is and how to play him, he could be a steal at this point in the draft. The Hawks don’t really have a primary ball handler anyway, which may make White a great choice if he’s allowed to play his game.”