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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Royce White's Promise From Boston Celtics Denied By Report

Several reports have indicated that the Boston Celtics made a 2012 NBA Draft promise to Royce White of Iowa State, but David Aldridge of NBA.com reported to the contrary on Monday.

Aldridge cited a source who claimed the Celtics have not made any promises to select White if he falls to their first-round picks (No. 21 and No. 22), and that the Celtics were actually turned down when they attempted to have White visit for a workout last week.

White, a burly, 6-foot-8 power forward with enough perimeter skill to be used as a point-forward during his lone season at Iowa State, is perceived to have top-10 talent. But concerns regarding his personality -- he has anxiety disorder, a severe fear of flying on airplanes, and a criminal record (he pleaded guilty to shoplifting charges while at the University of Minnesota before leaving the school amid suspicion that he was involved in a campus laptop theft) -- should make him available in the latter half of the first round.

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