Royce White has had one interesting basketball journey. It starts with a storied year at Iowa State, a first round pick who never played in his rookie season. White’s back home for a break, as he’s just been traded from Houston to Philadelphia.
Fans poured into the streets, rejoiced in dorms, bars and living rooms, and at one point became so raucous that riot police were briefly called in as the city held all-night parties to celebrate the Cardinals’ first NCAA title in a generation.
The remarkable job that Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg has done in turning around his alma mater apparently got the attention of several colleges and NBA teams.
Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton — a place of heartaches — as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday.
Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Matt Blair will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor. Blair was an Iowa State grad who was a second round draft pick in 1974. He started in 130 games for the Vikings, and holds the team record for blocked kicks (20), and the linebacker record for sacks and interceptions. Blair also still ranks second in team history with 1,452 career tackles.
Royce White worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and said he’s hoping his hometown team drafts him with the 18th overall pick.
Royce White expects to get the same questions from curious coaches and jittery general managers everywhere he goes on his workout tour.
The Vikings second first round pick, Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame, has quite a connection to his childhood team in Tennessee. Former Viking Tim Irwin was Smith’s childhood coach, and currently coaches Smith’s younger brother.
Fans are getting behind their alma maters here in the Twin Cities as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in full swing.
One person is dead and two are in critical condition after a series of late-night crashes in St. Paul, and the State Patrol says alcohol may have been involved.