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Cyclones' White Big 12 Preseason Newcomer

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Iowa State's Royce White, a sophomore forward from Minneapolis, Minn., was named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, announced Thursday. Players honored in the preseason voting were selected by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

White sat out last season as a redshirt for the Cyclones after transferring from the University of Minnesota. He was ranked as the 19th-best player nationally in the final Rivals.com 2009 ratings and was named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009 after leading his Hopkins High School team to the state title.

The 6-8, 270-pounder averaged 11.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in Iowa State's four-game tour of Italy in August, leading the Cyclones in both rebounds and assists. Sporting News listed White as the top transfer in the Big 12.

"I am extremely honored by this award," White said. "This is more of an achievement for my family, coaches, teammates and all of the people who have helped me get here. Individual honors are nice, but the ultimate goal is team success."

White joins Marquis Gilstrap as recent Cyclones to earn preseason newcomer of the year honors by the Big 12. Gilstrap got the nod in 2009.

White and senior Cyclone teammate Chris Allen, who sat out last season after transferring from Michigan State, were named preseason honorable mention by the Big 12. Allen made 141 3-pointers and scored 817 points in his three-year Spartan career.

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