Gophers' Royce White announces in YouTube video he's leaving college basketball

5:00 PM, Dec 17, 2009   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Gopher freshman Royce White released a video on YouTube early Thursday morning saying he is leaving college basketball.

In the video titled "The Last Interview," White says he's leaving college basketball because he can't wait for the justice system "to go in the right direction" and to relieve his family and teammates of any further burden. The video was posted at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

"I gotta leave college basketball because I'm relieving people of the burden and what I'm gonna do next is to be decided, " White says about eight minutes into the ten-minute YouTube clip.

"I'm making the decision as of right now and it will take something... something... something big for me to go against the decision to leave college basketball and I'm not transferring to another school... I don't want to transfer to another school. This is my city," said White in the video.

White continues by saying that Tubby Smith is one of the best coaches he's ever played for and that this decision has nothing to do with him.

White says he still wishes he could play for the Gophers, but he says he "can't wait for the justice system to go in the right direction anymore."

White is currently indefinitely suspended from the team while police investigate the theft of a laptop computer from a dorm room in November. White says he's innocent.

The video begins with a video montage of White walking around on campus in what appears to be the middle of the night. About three and a half minutes into the video, White begins his interview.

White thanks everyone who supported him through everything at the end of his interview and then walks off camera.

The end of the video is another video montage of still pictures from his basketball career and personal life set to the song "Apologize."

The 6-8, 250-pound forward was Minnesota's top recruit last season. He hasn't been practicing with the team while suspended.

White was dismissed from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis for academic misconduct before finishing his prep career at Hopkins, where he led the Royals to the state Class 4A championship.

White pleaded guilty two weeks ago in connection with a high profile incident at the Mall of America.

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