White and Iowa State were a perfect marriage on multiple fronts

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Looking back on Royce White’s two seasons as a member of the Iowa State basketball team, it’s plausible to state there wasn’t a better place in the nation which was a better fit.

A ballyhooed prep star, White arrived on campus with a strong body, great basketball mind and a proven ability to score and rebound.

The team he joined, however, didn’t have a point guard. When no one grabbed the facilitator duties early on, White stepped up.

He led the team in assists and became the focal point for the offense. The lack of a true lead guard allowed White to showcase his playmaking abilities. It was the perfect situation from a basketball standpoint to display his array of talents.

Additionally, the Ames community and Iowa State University helped White mature as a person.

“My life was not in a great place when I arrived two years ago,” White said. “Ames has given me my life back. I have been supported in a way that allowed me to find myself and improve as a man.”

White thanked Hoiberg for giving him a second chance in basketball, but he had equally kind words for those outside the program.

“ISU is a special place and there will always be a special place in my heart for this university,” White said. “This community has allowed me to reflect and become a better man.”

On behalf of Cyclone fans, Royce, we’d like to say “thanks” to you for helping bring back Hilton Magic.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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