Article by: Michael A. McCann
41 PEPP. L. REV. 397 (2014)
In June 2012, it was widely expected that Iowa State forward Royce White would be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. There was much to like about the twenty-one-year-old red-shirt sophomore. White was the only Division I basketball player in 2011–2012 to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. Scouts were fascinated by White’s unique blend of point guard and power forward skills. Based purely on talent, he probably would have been a top ten—possibly even top five—pick in the sixty-selection annual draft. It would have been a meaningful achievement in his basketball career. NBA teams select the employment rights of players through the draft and players can only sign with the team that drafts them. Players selected in the first round (picks one to thirty) receive guaranteed two-year contracts (with team options for a third and fourth year), while players selected in the second round (picks thirty-one to sixty) typically receive non-guaranteed contracts for the league minimum.