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]