THE STORY OF HOW I DISCOVERED THE SOLUTION
BASKETBALL HAS BEEN MY LIFE!
I grew up in the southern West Virginia coalfields in Mullens (same hometown as NBA Coach Mike D’Antoni). Mullens was a wonderful place to grow up. The economy at that time was booming due to the coal and railroad industries. There were awesome families, tons of kids, and lots of playgrounds with basketball hoops. Everyone looked out for everyone. There were also many role models that were teachers, coaches, doctors, accountants, principals, coal miners, railroaders, etc. Basketball was huge, and Coach Don Nuckols was king. On game night, our high school gym was standing room only.
In South Mullens, there were several guys who had street cred, and they greatly impacted my life and basketball career. There was Bill “Bosco” Linkous, Ben “Pickle” Rhoades, Chuck “Boomlockie” Lambert, Danny “Calarnie” Toney, Kenny “Bake” McBride, and several others who helped to shape my career. ALL OF THESE GUYS COULD PLAY. My best friend, Bill “Dewey” Deweese, and I played thousands of games of one-on-one at the South Mullens playground. It was on that playground where I learned about toughness, grit, and skill. South Mullens was the BEST!!! I have so many great memories.
I played and enjoyed all sports. My true love was basketball. Coming through grade school and junior high, I was just another player, but my heart was on fire with basketball. As a freshman, I was the starting point guard on the only undefeated team I was ever a part of (20-0). As a sophomore (13 ppg), I was a starter and an All-County player. I had the good fortune of playing for legendary Coach Don Nuckols who won five state titles, had 30+ college players, and two NBA players. One day during my sophomore year, Coach Nuckols walked up to me and handed me a letter, addressed to me, from Davidson College (where Steph Curry played). I watched many guys, whom I idolized in grades above me, earn scholarships to play college basketball, and I watched Mike D’Antoni and Jerome Anderson make it all the way to the NBA.
With Coach Nuckols's amazing guidance, he educated my family on what was about to happen. As a junior (19 ppg), I was First-Team All-State. As a senior (24 ppg), I was captain of the Big All-State Team, West Virginia Player of the Year, and a High School All-American. One magical night, I had 50 points and 15 assists in the same game.
The full scholarships and enormous college interest followed – WVU, Duke, VA Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida, and more. I received numerous offers from colleges and universities. My goal coming through high school was to play at WVU. With WVU’s scholarship in hand, and four days before signing with my dream school WVU, something crazy happened. My favorite recruiter, Stu Aberdeen, Associate Head Coach from the University of Tennessee, took the vacant head coaching job at Marshall University. Three days later, Coach Aberdeen and my boyhood idol, Mike D’Antoni (NBA player San Antonio Spurs) were sitting in my living room. That day, Stu offered me a FULL RIDE and promised 40 minutes a game! He also said my best friend, Bill “Dewey” Deweese, could come with me, be on the team and be my roommate. It was at that moment, with the guidance of my parents and Coach Nuckols, that I changed my mind and decided to sign with Marshall University. I signed a full basketball scholarship at Marshall and loved my time there. I rocketed to stardom by starting 113 consecutive games and had a playing career that landed me in Marshall University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. I was fortunate to play for two wonderful head coaches at Marshall, Stu Aberdeen (who tragically passed away after my sophomore year), and Bob Zuffelato (an associate head coach who became head coach after Coach Aberdeen's death). Both were excellent basketball minds, had tremendous character, and we're all about making each player accountable in the classroom, on the court, and in the game of life. I also made many wonderful friends and met my very best friends in life (Ken Labanowski, Ron Gilmore, Barry Kincaid, all college teammates at Marshall).
Looking back, Marshall University was the perfect school for me to play college basketball and earn my undergraduate and master’s degrees. Through that process, I got a full dose of college basketball recruiting. Coach Nuckols guided me through it all and helped me realize what was most important: coaches who truly cared about me and the opportunity to play immediately. My high school recruitment jumpstarted my recruiting knowledge. I saw it all!
My career path added to my vast recruiting knowledge …
As a college player: three-time All-Southern Conference, two-time Team Captain, and two-time MVP
Record 18 assists in one game
Marshall University Hall of Fame
Assistant Basketball Coach at UCLA (winningest championship program in the history of college basketball: 11 National Championships)
Head Basketball Coach at Marshall University
Head Basketball Coach at University of Charleston
Head Basketball Coach at University of Pikeville
500+ college wins
Multiple Coach of the Year Awards
Multiple Championship Teams
Traveled the world as a Motivational Speaker
Signed hundreds of athletes to full basketball scholarships
45,000+ campers in my basketball camps and helped hundreds of those campers play college basketball, both boys and girls
Investor and owner of Big Shots Elite Basketball Camps, the nation’s largest basketball tournament company. Two of every three athletes who play college basketball come through Big Shots. Partner, Jeff Schneider
Coach White’s Impressive Coaching Tree
Greg’s leadership and mentoring abilities propelled many assistant coaches and players to head coaching positions and top assistant positions including Head Coach Kevin Keatts (North Carolina State University), Assistant Coach Steve Snell (North Carolina State University), Head Coach Donnie Jones (Stetson University), Assistant Coach Cornelius Jackson (Marshall University), Head Coach John Brannen (University of Cincinnati), Head Coach Jeff Boals (Ohio University), Head Coach A.W. Hamilton (Eastern Kentucky University), Head Coach Jeff Burkhamer (University of West Florida), Head Coach Bryan Poore (West Virginia State University), Head Coach Mark Downey (Northeastern State University), and Coach Gregg Marshall (retired Wichita State University). Additionally, Greg worked for Head Coach Dana Altman (University of Oregon) and NBA assistant and executive Bob Zuffelato (Toronto Raptors-retired) as a student assistant at Marshall.
Greg’s contact base in college basketball is second to none! Read Greg White’s Bio!
Read some of Coach White's recruiting letters from his high school career.
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“My first recruiting experience was when Greg recruited me. Little did I know, that first experience would lead me to become a two-time NATIONAL CHAMPION at the UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, and the life I live today as head coach at Stetson University. Greg has worked at every level from UPIKE to UCLA. You will not find a more compassionate and connected person to help with your recruiting journey. He will give you an actionable plan at POSITIONING YOURSELF for recruiting success to even have a chance to play college hoops.”
Head Coach, Stetson University
Two-time NCAA National Champion at University of Florida