PG Talk: Saul "Flip" White Jr.
Saul White Jr. | Age: 31 | From: Summit, Illinois College: Moraine Valley Community College Instagram: @FlipWhite_19 | Twitter: @Flip_19 www.harlemglobetrotters.com For those who are unfamiliar with yourself, can you tell us a little about yourself? Well, I'm a kid from a small town on the outskirts of Chicago called, Summit-Argo, Illinois. I come from a basketball family, my father played with Doc Rivers in high school, and their rival was actually Isiah Thomas. My father put the ball in my hand at the age of 4 years old. Football was actually my favorite sport, wide receiver and safety. I didn't fall in love until my Junior year in High School, when I dunked on someone in a JV game, lol. I actually was a track star as well my senior year. The first jump ever doing the high jump, I jumped 6'6". The rest is just a blur now lol. When did you first start playing basketball and at what age did you start dunking? I started playing basketball when I was 4 years old. My father put me in camps, after camps, after camps. My first dunk on 10ft, was when I was a Sophomore in high school. So around 15 or 16 years old. Did you play any other sports growing up? Growing up, I was a 3 sports athlete. I was actually good in all 3. Football, Basketball, and Baseball. My father had me busy as a kid lol Your dad went to Moraine Valley Community College, was that one of the reasons you attended there? Yes my Father going to Moraine Valley was a big part of me going there. Also, me having a full ride scholarship there, might've helped as well. After college you played semi-pro, how did the Harlem Globetrotters come about? Yes after college a little semi-pro in IBL for the Ohio Gems. I created a highlight reel of me showcasing my best dunks on YouTube for the Globetrotters. They checked it out and flew me out for try-outs in Philadelphia. Now here I am 6yrs later, still apart of this great organization. Was there an audition for you to become a Globetrotter? There were tryouts I had to participate in. They had to make sure what they saw in my video on YouTube, was real and that I can do it in front of a crowd. What is it like to be on the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters? It's great! What more can you ask for! We travel all around the World, entertaining and putting smiles on millions of people faces. When the lights come on and we enter into the court and I see all the smiles on the kid's faces, that lets me know I'm in the right place, this is for me. Making people forget all that their going through, for at least 2 hours is rewarding for me. There's no other feeling in the World, I love it! What does it mean to be a Harlem Globetrotters? Honestly, it's an honor and a pleasure to be apart of an organization that has been around 91 strong years. To be a part of a team that the likes of Marcus Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon, Curly Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, SweetLou Dunbar Gator Rivers, Jimmy Blacklock to name a few that paved the way for me to do what I do! So it's more than an honor and a pleasure to play and it means a lot to be a Harlem Globetrotter. What are your signature basketball moves/tricks? I'm an all-around player, an all-purpose player as my teammates would say. I can give you whatever you need. They need me to score, I can score. They need me to shoot, I can shoot. They need me to dribble, I can dribble. They need me to talk, I can talk. They need me to dunk, best believe I can dunk! I don't limit myself to just one part of my game, I try to expand my game and try to perfect everything about myself. I don't limit, nor do I get comfortable. I always want more! What is your favorite dunk to do? I have 2 favorite dunks to do. I love to double pump and I love to do a dunk I call, "The Legend of Tarzan" were I swing from one side of the rim to the other side and dunk it. The crowd always goes nuts for that one, that's one of my favorites. Do you think you can beat an NBA player in a dunk contest? I take my hat off and pay homage to all the ones that participate in the NBA dunk contest. That isn't easy to do, having thousands of people watch just you dunk. All eyes are on you, all the pressure is on you! So I pay respect to all of them, people don't really understand how hard it is to be creative and to come up with something that no one else has done, it's hard. I think I would be entertaining to watch. What are your future goals in basketball and/or life? My future goals are to make an impact on kids coming up. Be a positive impact and role model and show kids they can make a way out of anything. I'll play this game of basketball until God says otherwise. I just want to help to World and take care of my family! What's your favorite thing about PG Sports? I think it's dope that PG Sports give fans a closer look and feel to the athletes. Gives fans a more personal feel to the athletes which makes the connection with the fans that more authentic, something that is lacking. Without the fans, we'll still be athletes, but we wouldn't be as big as we are or wanted to be. Fans are everything, good or bad. It's good to have that connection with our fans. Quick Free Throws: Favorite sports? Football Basketball Baseball Favorite sports team? Football: Still searching Basketball: Cleveland Cavaliers Baseball: Chicago White Sox Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks
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