Royce White Expected to Commit to Gophers

Royce White, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, is expected to commit to Minnesota Wednesday. White was dismissed from Minneapolis DeLaSalle, but has shined at the first two big AAU events of the spring, the Boo Williams invitational and Kingwood Classic with Howard Pulley. Pulley won the Kingwood Classic as White finished as their leading scorer.

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 were 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 favorite 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 eighth-grader Siyani Chambers (3.7). Williams and Broghammer are teammates of White's on the Howard Pulley Panthers.

White received 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.

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'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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