According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Iowa State point-forward Royce White has received a draft promise, likely from the Boston Celtics, and has pulled out of all remaining workouts, including his June 22nd workout with the Atlanta Hawks.
Ford had pegged White to the Hawks in his previous mock draft (8.1), but with an assumed promise from the Celtics, he has changed the Hawks selection to the 6’9″ small forward from St. Johns, Moe Harkless.
Personally, I’m a little disappointed in the news as the more I watched of Royce White, the more I liked, especially because he could have filled 2 needed roles on this team. The Hawks are in need of both a backup point guard and a young, promising small forward, and White fits both of those incredibly well. At 6’8″, White played point guard for the Cyclones last year and led his team in points, assists, and rebounds.
Ford acknowledged that the draft promise may have come from a different team, but all signs are pointing toward Boston. If the promise wasn’t from the Celtics, it was likely from the Atlanta Hawks. However, according to Ford, White seems Boston bound.