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NBA Draft: Wolves Make One Pick, Former Gopher White Also Selected

Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 5:49 am

*The NBA Draft went down last night, and while you probably weren’t watching, some potential future stars were added to the league. With the number one overall pick, the Hornets got a player they needed tremendously in the versatile power forward Anthony Davis from Kentucky. and as more evidence that Kentucky’s program produces nothing less than top NBA talent, Davis’ college teammate Michael Kidd Gilchrist went second overall to Charlotte.

Of course the Timberwolves had traded their first round pick to Houston, so they had only one pick last night and used it to select Purdue small forward Robbie Hummel with the No. 58 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Hummel has suffered two torn ACLs and has remade his game to provide bulk and spot-up shooting. His athleticism and defensive limitations are glaring, but he appears willing to accept his limitations and compete for a job as a role player. He and Chase Budinger, who the Wolves acquired from Houston for their first rounder, are the new ads so far this offseason for a Minnesota squad that hopes to make a run at the playoffs in the 2012-13 season.

*Minnesota native and one-time Gopher Royce White was drafted No. 16 overall by the Houston Rockets in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

White transferred to Iowa State during his freshman year at the “U” after dealing with legal issues here. White averaged 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in one season with the Cyclones and has a ton of natural talent.

White was one of the bigger question marks in this draft because of an anxiety disorder he suffers from that causes fear of flying.

He will be coached in Houston by former Timberwolves GM/coach Kevin McHale.

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