When Greg White-Pittman glances down at his North Texas basketball jersey next season, he’ll see the No. 2 staring back at him.
It’s the number he wants to wear for the next four years, and it will be a reminder of how many schools offered the Holy Cross student-athlete a full ride to play college hoops.
White-Pittman, the Louisiana Class 5A Player of the Year and one of the most prolific scorers in recent New Orleans-area history, signed a national letter of intent to play with the Mean Green on Thursday. He was surrounded by friends and family in the atrium of the Holy Cross Gymnasium when he made his selection official.
White-Pittman chose between UNO and North Texas when it came down to where he would play at the next level. Though he showed interest in numerous schools in the past year (and many of them in him,) the decision came down to two schools, he said on Thursday.
“I have a lot of (extended) family there, and it’s a beautiful campus,” White-Pittman said of the school in Denton, Texas — a suburb of Dallas. “My first time on the campus, they treated me like family. I felt at home right away. I was able to meet some of the players, watch some film. The system really fits me.”
White-Pittman elevated the Holy Cross Tigers for the past few years. He averaged 25.6 points per game during his senior season, to go with an average of 5.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. He averaged 30 points per game in the always-rugged Catholic League last season, as well.
“He’s just a great kid,” said first-year Holy Cross coach Mister Kirkwood, who had the luxury of building a playoff team around White-Pittman during the last basketball campaign. “We set some goals. We talked about what he wanted to achieve. He said, ‘Coach, I want to be the 5A Player of the Year, the team player of the year.’ I told him if you stick to the plan. It’ll pay off for you.”
Kirkwood said as much as White-Pittman was able to take over a game, he only made his teammates better.
“I told him the more you maximize the other guys, the more we’ll all be successful,” Kirkwood said.
White-Pittman is the nephew of 13-year NBA veteran and current assistant coach Robert Pack. That’s only part of the basketball lineage, however, as White-Pittman’s father (Greg, Sr., a Lawless High graduate,) and grandfather before him excelled at the prep level. Also, his older brother Tramel played for H.L. Bourgeois when Hurricane Katrina chased the family from the New Orleans area. Tramel plays collegiately, as well.
The North Texas signee said it was a hard decision to leave New Orleans to play college ball, but he’s looking forward to the opportunities.
“(The coaches) expect me to come in and be a combo (guard, someone who can play the point and the shooting guard positions),” White-Pittman said. “I’m looking forward to the chance.”