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Royce White and the battle within

Originally Published: January 26, 2012
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

AMES, Iowa -- He doesn't shake hands. He swallows them.

Basketballs become grapefruits in Royce White's foot-wide bear paws.

But the pounding inside the Iowa State forward's broad chest -- the crippling rhythm of the 6-foot-8, 270-pound colossus' generalized anxiety disorder -- frightens him.

In 2010, the violent heartbeat that has symbolized the onset of his anxiety since he was a child derailed his plans to transfer to a powerhouse program. That year, ...

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