Royce White Gets Early Recruiting Attention

Royce White, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Minneapolis (MN) De LaSalle, is one of the top players in the state in his class. He was recently named second team All-Metro by GoldenSports.Net as he averaged 21.8 points as he led the Islanders to a 19-8 mark. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with White to learn the latest on his recruitment and his impression of the Gophers hiring Tubby Smith.

Royce White, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from Minneapolis (MN) De LaSalle, continues to show why he is one of the top sophomores in the state. White has scored in double figures in every game and has scored 20 or more points 15 times and has a 31-point effort against Houston (TX) Westbury Christian and Breck, and he had 33 versus Blake.

White averaged 5.2 points per game last season as a freshman as he helped lead the Islanders to the Class AAA title, defeating Duluth East 65-47 in the title game. De LaSalle won their three state tournament games by an average of 20 points as they beat Totino Grace 61-36 and St. Thomas Academy 63-44. White scored 20 points in the three state tournament games.

White is an excellent shotblocker and rebounder who has worked hard on his offensive game. White will play for the Howard Pulley Under 17 AAU team this summer. Their first event will be next weekend in the Boo Williams Invitational.

The following interview took place after the Howard Pulley tryouts Sunday.

What is the latest on the recruiting front? What schools are you hearing from right now?
"I'm hearing from a couple of schools in the Big Ten. I'm not really sure about what I am going to do. I have not really looked into that much. I've been looking at the teams that have been sending me mail"
What schools have been sending you the most information?
Right now, (Coach) Thorson has been told to hold most of the mail from college coaches by my grandfather. Outside of that, from the mail that I have received, Iowa has sen\t me the most envelopes."
Obviously, they have a new coaching situation like Minnesota, so you'll have to deal with new people. Is that exciting, though? I know that there was a quote in the Minneapolis paper about you asking Coach Thorson about Coach Tubby Smith.
"I was really interested in Tubby Smith. When I heard that he got hired, I was really interested in him and what he was like. I knew that Coach Thorson knew a lot about him, so I asked around to see how much I could find out."
Did you get a chance to see Kentucky play in the past?
"Yes. I have seen Kentucky play in the past."
Does that make you more interested in Minnesota than you might have been?
"It really boosted it. I was interested before. I liked Coach Molinari and his staff, but it really did boost my interest."
What types of things are you working on during the spring and summer to improve your game this AAU season?
"I think that I really improve my jump shot and my side-to-side movement. My feet. The quickness of my feet and maybe getting a little better with the ball-handling.
You lose some good players like Anthony Humphrey, but you return point guard Jeremy Randle (9.6 points per game in just nine contests) and big man Sedrick McBounds (14.7 points per game). Are you pretty excited about what you guys can be next year?
"We are really excited about next season. We took a hard loss this season, but next season we got A.J. Barker transferring from Mounds Park Academy. He is smart and he led Mounds Park in scoring (16.7 points per game) and was named All-Conference and he is transferring over. There may be some other guys coming. We are really excited about next season."

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