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DeShun “Springs” Patterson: Globe Trotters

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Happy Wisdom Wednesday from DeShun “Springs” Patterson!

DeShun, a basketball star from Minnesota, has been wowing the crowd for years. As a former guard for Tabor College, he was named to the ​KCAC​ All-Conference Honorable Mention team in his senior season. In the fall of 2018, DeShun was recognized by the one and only Harlem Globetrotters for his outstanding performance in the ESPN NCAA Slam Dunk Contest. Since then he’s been traveling world and taking his talent to a whole new level of competitive fun, wearing a fresh new jersey for the Globetrotters.

Here’s a little more from the legend himself:

If you give yourself advice 10 years ago, what would it be?

“If I could give myself advice 10 years ago, I’d tell myself that it’s okay to fail it’s only a lesson learned, I define myself! Don’t take anything for granted. Your destination is always the same but it’s okay reroute how you get there.”

If you could go 10 years into the future and ask yourself one thing, what would it be?

“One question I’d ask myself if I could go 10 years in the future, I would most definitely ask how did you continuously fight through all the adversity, challenges and life’s obstacles to get where you’re now?”

Tell us a little bit about this nickname "Springs".

“The nickname “springs” came from the Harlem Globetrotters, I participated in the ESPN NCAA dunk contest spring of 2018 and me being only 5’10” with a 49 inch vertical made the name for itself. Right away when I heard the name it instantly fit my athletic ability.”

Pre-game routine?

“My pregame routine is simple it’s eating something light and healthy maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a couple granola bars, while I’m listening to my headphones relaxing, stretching just getting myself hyped for the game.”

The Globetrotters do plenty of traveling.. What's been your favorite city/experience so far?

“Yeah it’s a lot traveling and something you have to get used to but I love it! It’s been a great experience. My favorite city has been New York. All the history of basketball that comes from there and the arena is a place you’d dream of playing in as a kid playing in front of ten thousands of fans on one of the biggest stages in basketball history. The experiences I have had are nothing less than amazing and I’ll cherish those moments for a lifetime.”

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