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Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 4:22 pm

By Jeff Borzello

With four transfers eligible this season for Iowa State, expectations are understandably high in Ames.

But fans might need to temper their excitement just a little bit.

Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register penned a column over the weekend about the buzz surrounding new arrival Royce White. Apparently, Iowa State supporters are more energized than I thought.

The other day at a breakfast club meeting, I ran into a longtime Cyclone fan who said the transfer from Minnesota will turn out to be the best basketball player in school history.

Not could.

Not might.


While clearly talented coming out of high school, White is the same player who was expelled from his first high school, De La Salle (Ill.). The same player who had off-court issues at Minnesota, and then made a series of YouTube videos announcing that his college basketball career was over. He hasn’t played a game in about two years.

Yet some think he’s primed to be the best player in Iowa State history. Better than Jamaal Tinsley, better than Marcus Fizer, better than Jeff Hornacek, better than everyone.

White does seem more focused heading into this season, and was actually the first player to ever average a triple-double in the YMCA Capital City summer league. To his credit, he also didn’t jump on the bandwagon when Hansen informed him of the fan’s sentiment.

“It’s an objective term and probably a little extreme, considering all the great players who’ve been here, but I’d like to be on the list someday,” White told the paper. “I think it’s achievable. Not for what I do individually as much as for what we do as a team.”

There is little doubt that Iowa State will be vastly improved from last year, with Chris Allen (Michigan State), Anthony Booker (Southern Illinois) and Chris Babb (Penn State) joining White as newcomers. But this is a team that went 3-13 in the Big 12 last season.

The influx of talent is certainly enough to boost the expectations surrounding Iowa State, but it seems the Kool-Aid (to use a reference from Hansen’s column) is flowing a little too much.


Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:33 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

Please explain to me one bad thing he has done since he's been in Ames. Cause I live there and I haven't heard one. PEOPLE CHANGE

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:26 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

Hopefully the shopping malls around Ames have lenient trespassing policies, the all-star White isn't allowed to go to the Mall of America because he has sticky fingers.  If you happen to have a laptop laying around in a room with White in you may want to keep an eye on it or it is liable to come up missing too.

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:20 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

First of all, lol @you sir. Our household uses another saying when dealing with Jayhawks. Goes something like, Rock Chalk suck my ****. Because let's be honest here, ISU isn't the thugs or problem child of the Big XII. 

Now for the reason I read this blog in the first place. I am extremely disappointed in the blog. Seriously? Make that sort of judgment on a fanbase considering that to be the account of one fan? I am not one of those fans that think he is going to be the greatest of all-time, but at the same time I am not doubting the guy's ability to play basketball. If you ever visit Iowa you will notice one thing; we don't have a whole hell of a lot going on. With zero NFL, NBA, or top-tier MLB team in the state almost everyone here follows our University sports more than they would a professional team. And having athletes like White being eligable for this season tends to cause a little bit of excitement. I guarentee you that you can any number of ISU fans about Royce White and 1/100, at the most, will guarentee his place as a campus legend. As far as the other 99 reasonable fans, we know that this guy has the ability to be an all-star player, but are also realistic about our history and the kind of athlete it is going to take to be among those names. 

If fellow posters would like to read the article which is quoted in this blog, here is the link ------->





Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:34 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

The real CLOWN is Jeff Borzello.  Are you that hard up for garbage to blog about that you picked this?  I assume you read the column you are referring to, although I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't.  ONE FAN said this about White.  That is it.  One guy.  Most Cyclone fans are excited to see the upgrade in talent, and to kick the jay-cheaters asses again, but in no way are we annointing White to be the greatest of all time.  But nice work making something of nothing, Jeff.

As for KU fan.  Pot, meet kettle.  How's Turner working out for you?  Oh wait, you don't care about football.  Unless you are winning.

Remember the temporary rule change in 2005 during the ISU game in Lawrence?  Talk about a bunch of cheating underachievers.  Your coach gets the least out of the most.  And although I'm not a fan...UNI!

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:27 am

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

Jayhawk and Minn, you two are very misinformed. Did Royce have problems in his past? Yes he did. But do you not believe that people can change? I would challenge either of you to name ONE thing that any of our "thug" transfers have done since they have been on campus. Because I go to Iowa State and I have talked to Royce in person and he is very kind, very well spoken, and really is a good kid. Some of these guys may have had problems in their past. But that's what they are, in the past. So I wouldn't be bashing other teams and players when you don't know the whole situation. 

As for the article, that was one single fan saying he thinks Royce will be the best to ever where a Cyclone Uniform. Most fans here are very excited about Royce but not all of us think that he is going to be the best. Although I think he has the POTENTIAL to be one of the best.  Yes, there are very high expectations this year in Ames, and I think there is good reason for that. And saying Royce is the same player that was expelled from high school and had problems in Minnesota is as far from the truth as it comes. He has even said himself how much his style has changed since he last stepped on court. Hoiberg said he is the most unselfish player on the team, maybe too unselfish. So I would suggest Borzello that you actually do a little more research than this before you write a blog. 


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:38 am

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

I agree that the Jayhawk poster is showing no class. To kick a team when it is up might be rivalry (though not my style.) To kick them when they are down is Ugly American stuff. If you are from the Big XII you might consider wanting every member to be really good. It does several things for your team. First, it enhances the reputation of the league and helps your own recruiting. Second, it increases the level of the competition in the league which better prepares your team for the NCAA tournament. Third, it provides challenge for your team to be up for every opponent.

Now if you are a school that rarely wins and has trouble making the tournament you might be excused from fearing an opposing league school. But from Kansas? The 2008 NCAA Champions? The seven consecutive times league champion? The school of Wilt Chamberlain? The repository of James Naismith's hand written original rules of basketball? Come on! You are the big guy in the league. Appreciate the others. Appreciate that Hilton is one of the toughest arenas in the country as visiting team. Apprecaite a knowledgable and passionate fan base. This is basketball. Any team can beat you and night.

As far as White being the best ever to play at Iowa State, that is likely hyperbole. But the proof is not in the talking but in the playing. All-Big XII? Iowa State has had their fair share. NBA stalwarts? Jeff named some of those as well. I personally (though not an Iowa State fan) wish White and the Cyclone best of opportunity for success. Basketball is a wonderful game. Let us all embrace players for any team and hope they play to their ability. It makes it better for everyone. Even if not the greatest of all time.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:50 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

spoken like a true Jayhawk, no class!! This is coming from the team that had the Morris thugs..err.. twins.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:38 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

Iowa State is a bunch of punks and thugs. Always have been and always will be. But this is the worst it's been ever. It'll make the Larry Eustachy years look tame by comparison. I wish we could jettison ISU to the Missouri Valley or the Summit League. To hell with Iowa State. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:24 pm

Royce White to be greatest Cyclone of all time?

He's a clown and won't amount to much. Can't stay out of trouble. Glad he's out of MN!

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