Royce White Leaves Iowa State Early For the NBA

Royce White, whose NBA stock soared after two impressive NCAA tournament games, is leaving Iowa State with two years of eligibility left. He’s a lock to go in the first round, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him get into the lottery.

The big loser here is Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State, which loses a possible 1st team All-American (he was that good this year), and the type of player who might have had Iowa State loitering in the Top 15 – and near the top of the Big 12 – all season.

Here’s one for you – who would you draft if you wanted a small forward and Royce White and Perry Jones were on the board? Jones has more potential, but there’s no way I could take him over White. Both have a similar skill set, but Jones is much longer and more athletic. But who knows if that potential will ever be realized? [via Jeff Goodman]

Previously: NBA Draft: Which Players Improved Their Draft Stock on the First Weekend of the NCAA Tournament?
Previously: 2012 NBA Mock Draft: A Pre-NCAA Tournament Version

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