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Iowa State’s Royce White to enter NBA draft

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After the kind of season he had, it probably wasn’t much of a surprise.

Multi-talented Iowa State sophomore Royce White has signed with an agent and will head to the NBA draft, according to Jeff Goodman of

Players have the option to back out of the draft and return to college by April 10, but, as it is reported that White has signed an agent, he has lost his amateur status and, thus, must remain in the pool.

White had a breakout season with the Cyclones in 2011-12, averaging just over 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists per game.

He is one of the most unique players in the country and, because of that, should be a hot commodity for teams in the mid-first round of the draft. DraftExpress has White slated to go 19th overall.

What makes White so unique is his combination of size, basketball IQ, and ballhandling skills. At 6-8, 270 pounds, he has a frame similar to LeBron James (scary), though time in the weight room will help him to add muscle and become more NBA-ready.

His court vision was key to Iowa State’s success this season, and his dribble penetration was among the toughest in the country to defend. By using his body, he drew defenders in the lane, which opened up room for his shooters on the perimeter.

White joins Maalik Wayns of Villanova and Moe Harkless of St. John’s to be perhaps the three most prominent players who have declared for the draft so far.

For those who have not gained agent representation, the NCAA’s early-entry deadline is April 10, but the NBA does not require players to enter until April 29, which has made the situation rather confusing. attempts to clarify it here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.