From now until June, I will give several updates dealing with Royce White and the NBA Draft. Obviously the NBA Draft order isn’t set yet, but this is where “experts” see him landing in the draft this year.
Probably the most popular NBA Draft website, NBADraft.net, has Royce White going 22nd to the Pacers in their most recent mock draft. Here is an excerpt from their evaluation of White:
"White is a high risk/high reward prospect if there ever was one … His development will have to be handled very carefully by whichever team drafts him … If he’s selected by a team that is willing to both be patient and let him play to his strengths, then he very well could be the steal of the draft."
DraftExpress.com updated their mock draft today. Although they don’t predict where teams will pick, they see Royce White being selected late in the first round at 29. They haven’t updated their evaluation of White since early April, but here it is.
HoopsHype.com’s mock draft (updated in late March) has Royce White being picked 22nd overall by the Indiana Pacers (the same as NBADraft.net). They even predicted White’s rookie salary to be $1,106,880. Below is what they said:
"White’s stock is on the rise after his extraordinary showing against both UConn and Kentucky in the tourney. He’s a beast with immense strength and leaping ability. He shows a good feel for the game and has excellent handles for a 3, and the speed to get by opponents off the dribble. The one big concern is his anxiety disorder. If team psychologists give the green light, he could skyrocket up team’s boards as he’s one of the most NBA ready players on the college level."
MyNBADraft.com has Royce falling to 26 and being picked by the Orlando Magic in their updated mock.
Probably the most surprising mock draft so far is from TheBigLead.com. They have White being selected in the top 10 by the Detroit Pistons (7th overall). This is what they said:
"Too high? The Pistons are weak on the wing, have some talent in backcourt, and a decent PF/C combo. Detroit could go small with a Knight-Gordon-Stuckey trio (Knight defending SFs would be funny, though) and a White/Monroe frontline. At least they’d be exciting."
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