On the eve of the 2012 NBA Draft, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated published his final mock draft as he attempted to predict all 30 of the first round selections. Despite Ohio State's Jared Sullinger still on the board at the 19th selection, Amick instead decided to select a different sophomore forward, Iowa State's Royce White:
"It would have seemed inconceivable just days ago that White would be taken before Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger, but it is a possibility now. While Sullinger's back and hamstring issues have been scaring teams away, White seems to have done a nice job of addressing concerns about him. He has been candid about his anxiety disorder, which sometimes causes a severe fear of flying, and many teams are now homing in on how effective he could be as a point-forward type."
White averaged 13.4 points per game in his sophomore season with the Cyclones before deciding to forego his remaining two years of college to enter the NBA Draft.
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