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LSUS Pilot Greg Shyne trots the globe with Harlem

March 15, 2013

By Mercedes Taylor

Harlem Globetrotter Greg Shyne

LSU Shreveport student Greg Shyne, who is currently a senior majoring in general studies, is currently touring with the Harlem Globe Trotters.

Shyne was contacted last summer to come to a one-day trial with the Harlem Globe Trotters. He is currently under a rookie contract from last Christmas to this April. In the last month and a half, Shyne has played in multiple games all over the continent, including southern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada.

Shyne has been working his way up in the Harlem Globe Trotters and hopes to continue with them in the future. He remembers watching the Harlem Globe Trotters when he was younger and looking up to them.

“When I first stepped on the courts it was like, wow! I’m really here,” Shyne said. “I really made it. I watched the Harlem Globe Trotters when I was little, and this was like a dream come true.”

Shyne has remarked on his experience as being a true gift. He played for the LSUS Pilot basketball team from 2009 to 2012 and says that he saw his dream and was given the opportunity to go for it. Shyne said he always stayed active in sports, both in childhood and throughout his college career. 

 “I try to stay positive—to influence kids to stay in school and stay active in sports because you never know what opportunities you will get,” Shyne said. “I didn’t know that it would happen to me so young. I am only twenty-two and have been given an amazing opportunity. I see myself playing overseas basketball in the future and to hopefully continue with the Harlem Globe Trotters. I have learned that the Harlem Globe Trotters are a funny group that will have you laughing nonstop 24/7. They are overall a great bunch of guys to be around.”

 For more information on Shyne you can contact Coach Chad McDowell at LSUS by email at Chad.McDowell@lsus.edu or by phone at 318-798-4107. The LSUS basketball team has finished playing for the season, but will be back next season.