White and Williams Get Global Invitation

Royce White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle and Rodney Williams Jr., a 6-foot-5, 180-pound forward from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper will attend The Nike Global Challenge at the University of Portland July 29-31. The two are considered the top Minnesotans in the Class of 2009 and are thought to be "must-gets" for the Minnesota Gophers basketball staff.

The Nike Global Challenge will feature 80 of the top basketball players from around the world in an eight-team basketball tournament at the end of July. Four of those teams will be comprised of the top 40 high school players (ten per team) selected from the LeBron James US Skills Academy (July 6-9 in Akron, OH). They will compete against teams from China, Senegal, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Royce White was GoldenSports.Net's choice for Sabes Foundation Invitational Tournament MVP. White was named second-team All-Metro by GoldenSports.Net as he averaged 21.8 points and led the Islanders to a 19-8 mark.

White has received scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Northern Iowa Miami, Creighton, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa State and Wisconsin.

White has continued to show why he is one of the top players in the Class of 2009 in the Midwest this spring. He shined for the Howard Pulley AAU team at the Boo Williams Invitational, leading them to the Bronze Division championship and at the Kingwood Classic, where they advanced to the Final Four of the Platinum Division. He led the Panthers to a second-place finish in the Jayhawk Invitational and a title win at the Sabes Foundation Invitational.

White scored in double figures in every game this year and scored 20 or more points 15 times and had 31-point efforts against Houston (TX) Westbury Christian and Breck, and 33 versus Blake.

White is an excellent shotblocker and rebounder who has worked hard on his offensive game, ball-handling and shown expanded shooting range.

Rodney Williams Jr. averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocked shots and 2.3 assists per game as he led the Hawks to a 21-7 record last season.

Williams attended the Nike Hoops Jamboree in St. Louis in June and his strong performance earned him an invite to the LeBron James US Skills Academy July 6-9.

Williams has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Miami of Florida, Bradley, Iowa, Kansas, Purdue and Iowa State.

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