Dec, 3, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Royce White (30) dribbles against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Nuggets Eyeing Royce White


Mar 17, 2012; Louisville, KY, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Royce White (30) pressures Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men

The Denver Nuggets are in a prime situation at getting a nice role player in the draft and according to SI’s Sam Amick the Nuggets are looking at versatile forward Royce White with the 20th pick.

White has been labeled as the next Anthony Mason (who finished his career playing for George Karl in Milwaukee) as a power forward that has great size, speed and passing skills. The sophomore forward showed off his talents in the NCAA tournament, helping Iowa State top Connecticut and then following that up with a 23-point, nine-rebound and four-assist performance in a 87-71 loss to Kentucky.

White is a great rebounder, but his biggest asset is his ball-handling skills and his ability to find his teammates. He does have a solid mid-range game, but needs to develop a more consistent jump shot. One knock on him is his anxiety disorder and his fear of flying. He also was kicked off of Minnesota’s basketball team. At 21, he may not have as much upside as some other draft prospects but he would play a key role for a playoff team. Similar to what Boris Diaw does for San Antonio.

Another player that is on the Nuggets radar is sharpshooter John Jenkins, who has already worked out for Denver and is scheduled to work out for the Nuggets again.

Tags: Anthony Mason Boris Diaw Denver Nuggets George Karl Iowa State John Jenkins Quincy Miller Royce White