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Iowa State emerges as favorite to land Royce White

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If highly decoarated former Minnesota signee Royce White is going to revitalize his stalled basketball career, it will likely be under the tutelage of new coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State.

White, who left Minnesota in February without ever suiting up for a game as a result of legal trouble, visited Iowa State earlier this week. He hasn't made a decision yet, but his former coach at Minnesota's Hopkins high school said he intends to select a school by mid-July in order to enroll in the second session of summer school.

"He's still looking at his options, but he liked the coaches at Iowa State, he liked the campus and he liked the school," said Hopkins coach Ken Novak, who accompanied White on the trip. "I don't think he's made a decision yet, but he's definitely contemplating it."

The addition of White would be an intriguing risk for Iowa State, which is badly in need of a talent influx after Craig Brackins turned pro, Justin Hamilton transferred and Marquis Gilstrap was denied an extra year of eligibility. White arrived at Minnesota as the centerpiece of a decorated 2009 recruiting class, but the 6-foot-9 forward was suspended indefinitely before the season after being charged with three counts of misdemeanor trespassing.

Kentucky had initially been considered the favorite to land White, but Novak said interest from the Wildcats has "cooled" of late. There's also mutual interest between White and Baylor, but a visit has yet to be scheduled.

Wherever he winds up, it's likely that White will not be eligible until second semester next season because he dropped out at Minnesota in February.

"I think Royce is still interested in Kentucky," Novak said. "He was hoping to get to summer school, and he wasn't able to do that. He really liked coach (John) Calipari. I don't think it's dead, but he's taking a look at it right now and seeing if it's still an option."

One school that no longer appears to be an option for White is Minnesota, though Novak wasn't willing to fully slam the door on that just yet.

"I think mutually they've gone different directions, but I would never say never," Novak said.

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