Royce White would welcome chance to play for Timberwolves
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Royce White made it no secret that he has thought about what it would be like to play for his hometown Minnesota Timerwolves.
"(I think about it) every day," said White, a Minneapolis native who took part in a pre-draft workout at the Wolves' facility on Tuesday. "I would give anything to come home and play in front of these fans here, but unfortunately I don't have a say in it."
White, who was named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009 after his senior season at Hopkins, was hoping to impress the Wolves enough that they will use the 18th-overall pick in this month's draft to select him.
"It went real well," he said. "It was a good workout today. Glad to be home, glad to be back at this facility."
This was the fourth draft workout for White, who declared himself eligible for the draft after a sophomore season at Iowa State in which he averaged 13.4 points per game and earned honorable mention All-American honors.
White originally committed to play at the University of Minnesota but his time on campus was short. He left school in December of his freshman year after legal issues kept him off the court.
White is one of the big question marks in the draft class of 2012. At 6-foot-8, 270 pounds, he is a physical specimen and could likely play multiple positions in the NBA.
But questions about his legal drama while at the university and his public bought with an anxiety disorder may scare some teams away.
White said he has seen his name pop up in mock drafts anywhere from the 10th pick to the second round. "Some people have me going undrafted, so I have no clue," he said.
Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn interviewed White last week in Chicago and said White's anxiety will be a factor team's will have to consider when deciding whether to draft him.
The Wolves have the added insight of Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, who was a former Wolves player and executive. Kahn said the team's relationship with Hoiberg has helped the Wolves get a better understanding about White's situation.
"So I think in our case we can get pretty well situated so we know what it entails and I think Royce, to his credit, is very up front about it and very candid about it and willing to talk about it," Kahn said.
White has been very open about his dealings with anxiety, hoping teams will appreciate he is so candid about a difficult subject.
"They have a lot of questions about it, but at the same time, I am 100 percent honest," White said. "I just tell them what I know, which is not much. I've only had it for three years, so I am still learning (about) it and everybody is still learning. I tell them what I know and be honest.
"The anxiety issue definitely is scary for some people."
White admitted there would be added pressure if he was selected by the Wolves and played in front of his hometown fans.
"I like that pressure," he said.
Taylor also gets a look
Bloomington native Jordan Taylor, who attended Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, also was at Tuesday's workout. His draft stock isn't nearly as high as White's with most experts believing the former Wisconsin Badger will be selected late in the second round. Coach Rick Adelman was once again not in attendance, but Kahn said that tapes of every workout are being sent to Adelman and they expect him in Minnesota in the weeks leading up to the draft.