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Royce White returning to practice with Tubby, Gophers

The roller coaster ride that is Royce White's tenure with the Gophers' hoops outfit has taken another turn: He's practicing again with the team. The Associated Press confirmed the return of coach Tubby Smith's star recruit out of Hopkins.

White's promising career went off the rails and onto the bench last year when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting charges and fifth-degree assault after an incident at the Mall of America's Macy's department store. He's also the subject of a campus investigation into the theft of a student's laptop computer.

In December, fed up with everything, he posted a video saying he was walking away from basketball altogether.


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