Junior Royce White to Transfer to Hopkins

Royce White, a 6-foot-8 junior forward who was dismissed from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle, will transfer to Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins. GoldenSports.Net caught up with White during the Howard Pulley tryouts to find the latest on his transfer and recruitment. White has been considered a must-get recruit for the Minnesota Gophers coaching staff.

Royce White had an up-and-down junior season. He averaged 21.2 points per game, but he missed the first two games of the season due to a suspension. The Islanders started the season 0-7 and are just 11-10 when White was dismissed from school.

White scored in double figures in every game the past two years and scored 20 or more points 11 times this year and had a season-best 33 points against Minneapolis Henry. White scored 20 or more points in the last four games before the suspension.

White will join a talented Hopkins team that finished 27-2 last season with their two losses coming to Class AAAA state champion Minnetonka. Hopkins, the 2005 and 2006 Class AAAA state champions, started the season 24-0 before losing to Minnetonka 93-79 at home. They lost to the Skippers 74-71 in overtime in the Section 6AAAA finals.

Hopkins was the prohibitive favcrite to win the Class AAAA next year without White as they return four starters and nine of their top 10. The Royals will welcome back juniors Raymond Cowles (16.5 points per game), Trent Lockett (14.9), Mike Broghammer (11.9), Moses Sundufu (9.0), Marcus Williams (7.8), freshman Marvin Singleton (7.8), sophomores D.J. Peterson (5.0) and Aaron Anderson (5.1), junior Jeremy Ginsburg (2.4) and eight grader Siyani Chambers (3.7).

White said that his recruitment is relatively unchanged. He has received 25 scholarship offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Northern Iowa, Miami, Creighton, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Purdue, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Texas, Arizona and USC.

"Nothing new. Just the same schools," White said.

There had been talk that White would start classes at Hopkins Monday, but rather he will wait until the end of the quarter.

"I don't start until the fourth quarter," he said.

White has been spending time in the weight room.

"Definitely. I'm up to about 225, 227, somewhere in that range. I was about 210 at the start of the season," he said.

White has high expectations for his Howard Pulley team that will compete in the Boo Williams Invitational next weekend in Hampton, Virginia.

"Just to go out and compete at a high level and once again prove that Minnesota players can play with the nation's best and go out and try to win every game."

White said that he deos not have a current favorite in his recruitment.

"I'm still pretty wide-open. I am trying to narrow it down somewhat, but not really yet," he said.

White played in the LeBron James US Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio and The Nike Global Challenge at the University of Portland this past summer.

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

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

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