White leaving Gophers, college hoops

Updated: December 17, 2009, 9:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Prized recruit Royce White says he's leaving the Minnesota basketball team because of his legal troubles and the stress they are causing his family and the program.

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White made the announcement in a video posted on YouTube early Thursday.

Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that White hasn't informed anyone in his department about a decision.

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 6-8, 250-pound forward was Minnesota's top recruit last season. He says the police investigation has been stressful for his family and the program, so he's quitting.


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