The Royce White video

Royce White, the 2009 Mr. Minnesota Basketball and former U of M Gopher, is profiled in a new video on ESPN’s new Grantland channel on YouTube.

It documents the night of the NBA draft, and White’s battle with anxiety disorder.

“It feels like you’re dying,” White says.

He ended up going 16th in the draft — to Houston.

It makes you want to root for the kid.

  • essjayok

    I don’t know much about sports (and am probably the least athletic person on the planet), but that seriously gave me chills.

    Rooting for him.

  • Jim Shapiro

    First, to establish my Deeply Compassionate, Caring Individual credentials:

    I’ve heard from several people who have experienced this challenge that it can be a living hell. Kudos to them for persisting in spite of their pain. There but for the grace of the angels…

    Now, to further entrench my reputation as a boorish, pedantic smart ass:

    While anxiety attack sufferers almost universally describe the feeling as “like dying”, quite the contrary is true.

    The biochemical reason for an anxiety attack is a hyper-activization of the Amygdala,

    whereas the calming Melatonin and hallucinatory DMT are released by the Pineal gland during death.

    Aren’t you glad you asked?


  • Bob Collins

    That’s very interesting, Jim, but he was referring to draft night, not his disorder.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Bob – You caught me with my Pineal hanging out.

    That said, all the more reason to feel compassion for the guy.

    A double “feels like dying” nightmarish experience.

    Here’s hoping that his future double-doubles are of the more pleasant variety.

  • essjayok

    Jim, Bob’s comment came with a few sassy snaps.

    He told you! Don’t mess with Bob and his heartfelt stories. (I sure as heck don’t as I live for them!!)

  • Jim Shapiro

    essayok – In spite of our host with the most’s incorrect assertion that the “feels like dying” comment referred to the draft and not the anxiety attacks,

    Mr. Collins’ accurate assumption that I hadn’t watched the video led me to view it. And I’m glad that I did.

    The piece is extremely well made, and seeing it resulted in my respecting the hoopster even more due to his clear intelligence and courage in sharing his pain publicly.

    Thanks, Bob.