By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams
Sixteenth. The Houston Rockets selected Royce White with the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Heading into the evening, the thought of White going at No. 16 would have been a best-case scenario for the guy who led Iowa State in five statistical categories during his sophomore campaign.
Thursday night’s atmosphere wasn’t always rosey though.
Things actually got pretty intense inside of Fred Hoiberg’s office at the Sukup Practice Facility about 15 minutes before the pick went down.
“It was scary,” said Iowa State assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih. “It just seemed like teams that were highly interested in him two hours ago all of the sudden started pulling out for some reason. He was getting anxious just like anybody would.”
“I was having an hour and 45 minute panic attack up there,” White told reporters shortly after the pick was made. “When my name was called, the feeling was similar...