Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a four-part series as Gophersports.com gets to know Tubby Smith's second recruiting class at the U of M. An on-camera interview with Mike Grimm is also included.
Gophersports: Going through the recruiting process you received offers from plenty of schools.
What made you choose Minnesota?
Royce White: “I like Minnesota, I grew up here. I like being in the state and I like the people of Minnesota. I like the university and I always wanted to play for the Gophers.”
GS: Are you excited that you will play in front of friends and family?
White: “It’s definitely a big piece. It’s good to have that support group close to you.”
GS: What are your goals for your first season?
White: “I want to help my team win ball games.”
GS: What are your career goals?
White: “I want to be a good teammate. I want everyone to remember that about me.”
GS: Is there anyone you pattern your style of game after?
White: “I would have to say Lebron [James]. I like to be physical by using a lot of power and force. At the same time, I take pride in my ability to dish the ball and set up my teammates.”
GS: Earlier you told a story about how you went to the Como Zoo and a silverback gorilla’s hand was pressed against the glass and your hand was just as big as his. Do you feel like having big hands is an advantage?
White: “When it comes to dribbling and pulling up off of the dribble I can control the ball a lot easier than others because of the size of my hands."
GS: “Do they affect your free throws like Shaq?”
White: “I really haven't had a problem with free throws shooting thus far in my basketball career.”
GS: “How was playing in the Howard Pulley league?
White: “It was fun. My team didn’t win, but I enjoyed playing against a lot of great competition over the summer.”
GS: You’ve been around campus the last couple of weeks, how’s everything going?
White: “I love the area. College is a fun experience. It’s something everybody should enjoy.”
GS: If you had the day to yourself what would you do?
White: “Play basektball. I want to play hard-nosed games every day that count for something. I want to play championship games over and over.”
GS: What’s your favorite food?
White: “I’ll have to go with pasta.”
GS: How about a favorite movie?
White: “I like a lot of funny movies. I would have to say Wedding Crashers.”
GS: Who’s your favorite musical artist?
White: “Bryan-Michael Cox.”
Northern Illinois Game to Air Live on BTN
Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Illinois will now be televised live on BTN.
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
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