White was ranked as the 19th-best player nationally by Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked him as the 10th-best power forward in the country. He was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball in 2009 after leading his Hopkins High School team to an undefeated 31-0 mark and Class 4A State Championship. White was one of 20 preps selected to play in the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic in 2009.
“Royce has the complete package to be an impact frontcourt player in the Big 12,” Hoiberg said. “He is a physical presence on the block and he will also challenge defenders with his ability to shoot. I like his presence on the boards and he comes from a winning background.”
White averaged 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 60 percent from the field en route to earning St. Paul Pioneer Press First-Team All-State honors. He was also an All-Metro selection by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
White enrolled at the University of Minnesota for his freshman campaign in 2009-10, but left the team in December. He did not compete in any contests for the Golden Gophers.
“I am aware of Royce’s situation at Minnesota,” Hoiberg said. “I have talked with a lot of people who are close to him, spoken with Royce in person multiple times and feel he is sincerely committed to meeting the expectations we have for our players. On one of his campus visits, Royce also met with institutional staff both inside and outside of the athletics department and he left very positive impressions on everyone.”
White retains four years of eligibility, and he is in the process of applying for a waiver from the NCAA to become eligible for the coming season. The results of that waiver are expected later this summer.
“I am very grateful to the administration at Iowa State and Coach Hoiberg and his staff for giving me a chance to attend ISU and pursue a college basketball career,” White said. “Hopefully, I can play this season and help the program.”
Hoiberg was familiar with White from his tenure in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Royce is a highly skilled player and he recognizes the opportunity he has at Iowa State,” Hoiberg said. “He has ambitious dreams for his career and fully understands the steps, both on and off the court, he needs to take to realize those dreams.”