I spoke with a very good source late last night who told me that “Kentucky is now Royce White’s #1 choice and if a couple of things get taken care of, he will be in Lexington this fall.” That is quite a strong statement and likely means that UK fans need to get to know this Royce White kid. As we have talked about on here before, he was a High School All-American, is 6’8″ and now weighs anywhere from 225-250 depending on who you ask. He has an NBA body, NBA talents and the chance to be a great college basketball player. He also has a history. He was involved in a shoplifting incident at the Mall of America that ended in charges or the theft and an assault of a security guard. During the course of last season, he was also a suspect (although never charged) in another theft incident of a computer on campus. He dropped out of classes for a bit (which is why he wont be eligible in the Spring) and proceeded to become a bit of a Youtube movie maker.
It is that last trait that has made Royce White a bit known beyond the Minnesota campus. In his Youtube videos, Royce White has done some odd things. The one below is representative and is worth a look since he could be the newest Cat. In it he discusses a few things (after the three minute music video montage entrance) about his time at Minnesota. He tells us that he doesnt think he is better than anyone and would like to be able to walk through campus with “5200 people with me to go to a party.” He then expresses his love and admiration for Tubby Smith, but his problems with the Minnesota Campus justice system. After that setup, he “quits college basketball” and says that he is going to leave Minnesota, but willl not play for any other college coach.
The video (at least the part where he is talking) is strangely fascinating. White is clearly an articulate an thoughtful kid. However this video began a mini-saga in which he spoke via Youtube and gained national attention with actions that were just a little…different. I remember watching these last year and thinking “if this happened at Kentucky, the attention would be crazy.” Well now it might. So get to know Royce White….a Cat he could soon be.