Royce White Talks Recruiting

Royce White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle, is considered the top player in the state in the Class of 2009. He is considered a must-get recruit for the Minnesota Gopher coaching staff. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with White to find the latest on his recruitment.

Royce White played in the LeBron James US Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio and The Nike Global Challenge at the University of Portland this summer. He also played in many events with the Howard Pulley AAU team.

White was'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 Purdue, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Texas, Arizona and Southern California.

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.

Anything new on the recruiting front?
I think since I last talked to you, USC offered. I have been in contact with North Carolina.They are supposed to go up and talk to me at school in the next few weeks or at an open gym. Other than that, not much.
What about Duke? In the paper, they had a note that North Carolina and Duke had both offered you a scholarship.
"That was kind of a misunderstanding I think. I did not tell him that. Maybe there is something that I do not know about that my coaches know about. You know how that goes. That's the way it has been since I was a freshman, he always knows more than me. The Duke thing, I'm not 100 percent sure on, so I wouldn't say, but I have been in contact with them and they will probably be up at the school sometime."
Have you been to any campuses lately?
"I went to Iowa State on an unofficial visit to watch the Iowa game. DeLaSalle has an alumni (Alexander Robinson) playing tailback. Great game."
Have you been to the University of Minnesota lately? I know that you were at their Elite camp.
I was at the Elite camp. That was really good. Tubby did a good job with that camp and all the coaching staff and the setup was nice. Since then, I went down there one time to just hang around with some of the players. Just hang out because I know those guys.
Any plans for this weekend? Are you planning on going to a football game?
I'll probably go to the U of M football game with my girlfriend or something like that.
Do you have a favorite school or is it still a little early?
"It's still early."
Do you plan on narrowing down your list of schools?
"I'm starting to think about it, since I have time to be off and off my feet to relax and think about schools and think about it more.
What about DeLaSalle for this year. You lost some players, but you have you and Jeremy (Randle) back and add A.J. Barker from St. Paul Academy
We got a freshman named Melvin Carter who I did not really know about until this morning in an open gym. He looked pretty tough for a ninth grader. He is about 6-foot-1 and can jump out of the gym. Dunk it and shoot it. We are looking forward to what he can do."

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