Orlando Antiqua Q&A, Part 2

Antigua: "My senior year was under Ralph Willard, a great guy. He had a lot of success at Western and then at Pitt where we were up and down because of a lot of injuries. When my year finished, I still needed 18 credits to graduate.

Question: How did it work out that you joined the Harlem Globetrotters and what was that experience like"

Antigua: "My senior year was under Ralph Willard, a great guy. He had a lot of success at Western and then at Pitt where we were up and down because of a lot of injuries. When my year finished, I still needed 18 credits to graduate. I had the option to go overseas to play, but nothing was guaranteed. I decided to stay at school, finish up in the fall and get my degree. I had promised my mom I would get my degree. I knew if I went on and started playing that it would be a lot tougher for me to come back just knowing me. I was this close (to having a degree), so I just had hunker down and finish up.

"A week prior to finals I get a call from the Harlem Globetrotters. I said, ‘Are you sure you have the right guy. Are you sure you don't want to talk to some guys who were more flamboyant?' I played hard and was very enthusiastic, but not flamboyant. They said they were looking for a guy my size who could play multiple positions and had the same work ethic and that all the other stuff I could learn. They wanted me to come out for a minicamp, but it was during the week of finals. I said I appreciate the opportunity but I have finals and can't make to Houston.

"The guy said he would check with the owner. He called back and said, ‘Concentrate on your studies and the owner appreciates that is what you are doing. We are going to start in Pittsburgh — and they start every year on Dec. 26 — and will be at Duquense University on Dec. 24.' I was done with my last final on the 21st or 22nd. I hadn't picked up a ball. I went and tried out. They invited me back in the morning of the Dec. 25 for another practice and I played my first game Dec. 26 in Pittsburgh.


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