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Royce White To Declare For NBA Draft, According To Report

Minnesota native Royce White will be entering his name into the NBA Draft after a great season with the Iowa State Cyclones. White was awarded Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009 and began his college career with the Golden Gophers.

Minnesota native and Iowa St. Cyclones big, versatile forward Royce White has signed with an agent and will be entering his name into the 2012 NBA draft, according to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.

White averaged 13.4 points per game for the Cyclones this season along with 9.3 rebounds and five assists, earning himself a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award along with appearances on the All-Rookie team. After his strong season with the Cyclones, White could be chosen as high as the first round in the NBA draft considering his Iowa State team made a decent run in the NCAA Tournament before being bounced by the Kentucky Wildcats.

White has a strong connection to Minnesota basketball, obviously, as he began his career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers before off-court issues caused him to leave the U and eventually enroll at Iowa State. Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009 won two high school championships with DeLaSalle High School and Hopkins High as a freshman and a senior, respectively.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also learn more about college basketball around the nation at SB Nation's College Basketball hub.

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