Former ISU Basketball Star Discusses Mental Health

FILE - In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Houston Rockets first-round draft pick Royce White speaks with the media at a newws conference in Houston. In October, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at least some of the basketball games for his team, the Houston Rockets. But psychologists and many travelers who've overcome their terror of airplanes say if he might be able to ditch the bus if he can get treatment for the condition. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)


By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An NBA draft pick and former Iowa State University player will discuss his struggles with mental illness.

Royce White, a first round draft pick for the Houston Rockets, will speak at a mental health forum Thursday night at Creative Visions in Des Moines.

White was joined Thursday by legislators at the Capitol to discuss the forum and his plan for similar events elsewhere in the country.

White didn't play a game with the Rockets this season, as he and the team were at odds on how to best handle his anxiety issues. White averaged 11.4 points in 16 games with Rio Grande, Houston's D-League affiliate, but spokeswoman Rebecca Sweat says White isn't with the team for their current playoff run.

Sweat says the Vipers had no comment on White's status.

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