Iowa State Forward Royce White Making Others Nervous


January 30th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State star Royce White was at the free throw line with just 1:47 left in the game against mighty Kansas this weekend with a chance to give the Cyclones a five-point lead.

Nerve-racking? Sure. Especially for White, who has had an anxiety disorder since childhood and awoke from a nightmare in which he couldn’t make a free throw the morning of the game.

White capped a brilliant 18-point, nine-rebound game by sinking those crucial two free throws and the Cyclones (15-6, 5-3 Big 12) went on to beat then-No. 5 Kansas 72-64.

White says his anxiety is almost a gift since it forces him to focus on improving, though it costs him sleep.

White leads Iowa State in points, rebounds and assists heading into Tuesday’s game against Kansas State (15-5, 4-4).