Ex-ISU basketball star discusses mental illness

An NBA draft pick and former Iowa State University player will discuss his struggles with mental illness.

Royce White, a first round draft pick for the Houston Rockets, will speak at a mental health forum Thursday night at Creative Visions in Des Moines.

White was joined Thursday by legislators at the Capitol to discuss the forum and his plan for similar events elsewhere in the country.

White didn’t play a game with the Rockets this season, as he and the team were at odds on how to best handle his anxiety issues. White averaged 11.4 points in 16 games with Rio Grande, Houston’s D-League affiliate, but spokeswoman Rebecca Sweat says White isn’t with the team for their current playoff run.

Sweat says the Vipers had no comment on White’s status.