Royce White was born and raised in the Twin Cities. A native to the Rondo community of St. Paul. He started playing sports at the age of 5 years old. By age 9 he was playing basketball on the Northside of Minneapolis. As the son of a single mother, Royce has lived in various neighborhoods around the twin cities.
By age 9 he was playing basketball on the Northside of Minneapolis. As the son of a single mother, Royce has lived in various neighborhoods around the twin cities. Much of his family remained in the Rondo community, where he spent much of his time and received schooling. White excelled in basketball; by 10th grade he was ranked as a top 20 player for his class.
He would go on to receive scholarship offers from many high major D-I universities for basketball, while also winning the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award in 2009 and receiving All-American honors. Deciding to stay home and attend the University of Minnesota, White accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Golden Gophers. After an incident during his first summer on campus, White reluctantly decided to transfer to Iowa State.
In his first and only season there, he would lead the Cyclones in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals – becoming the only player in the country that year to do so and one of the few to do it in school history. He would receive All Big-12 first team honors, as well as All Big 12 Rookie Team and Newcomer of the Year. He was on the Naismith award top-30 watchlist. He was also on the Dean’s list for academics at Iowa State.
After his departure from Canada, White played in The BIG 3 basketball – a professional 3 on 3 league started by Ice Cube and Co-Founder Jeff Kwatinetz. He is still a Co-Captain on team Power alongside Captain Cuttino Mobley and Head Coach Nancy Lieberman. In his first season, White was selected number 1 in the 2019 BIG 3 draft. At the draft he wore a shirt that read “I Flew Here”, which made fun of the mainstream media narrative that he had been exiled from the NBA on account of his publicized fear of flying. The clip went viral and debunked the mainstream media narrative.
White made headlines again in 2020 during the George Floyd situation in Minneapolis, leading several peaceful protests throughout the city. He spoke out about Corporatocracy during the marches and staged Die-In’s at institutions such as The Federal Reserve.