Report: Royce White Promised No. 21 Pick By Celtics

Iowa State power forward Royce White has apparently been given a promise by the Boston Celtics that he will be selected with the 21st overall pick. Chad Ford reported the news via Twitter.

White's an interesting story: He was originally a player for Minnesota, but after a laptop stealing incident, decided to leave the school by posting a melodramatic YouTube video saying he'd never play college basketball again. He ended up at ISU, where he averaged 13.4 and 9.3 in his only collegiate season, including a double-double against UConn in the NCAA Tournament and 23 and nine in the next round against Kentucky. Most mockers have him somewhere in the 20's, so a promise by Boston at 21 would make some sense.

However, there could be another explanation: White has long suffered from a severe anxiety problem, mainly surrounding getting on planes, which could be an issue in a potential draftees' schedule of jetting across the country from team to team. Jonathan Givorny of Draft Express had this to tweet:

Hopefully, that isn't the case -- it would be sad to see White's career derailed by his anxiety. Even if he makes the NBA, it's unclear how his fear of flying will work out.

For more on the Celtics, check out CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the upcoming NBA Draft, stick with SB Nation's NBA Draft page.

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