Royce White’s stint with the Gophers in 2009 was surrounded by drama, and it has followed him to the NBA.
White, a rookie who has said he has an anxiety disorder, missed Tuesday’s practice amid the team’s plans to send him to the NBA Development League, the Houston Chronicle reported.
White issued a statement Tuesday regarding his recent troubles.
“In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder,” he said in the statement. “As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent [with] their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”
White already made news this season after he missed the start of training camp because of his anxiety.
He was a touted recruit out of Hopkins High School, but his career with Minnesota never got off the ground.
White served jail time for a theft and assault on a Mall of America security guard and was involved in accusations of a stolen laptop in his time with Minnesota.
He transferred to Iowa State and started for the Cyclones in 2011-12. White averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
He was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he has not played this season.