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Deshaun Highler | Average To Savage EP122

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This is the one hundred and twenty-second episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring Last Chance U basketball star Deshaun Highler. Paul Guarino talked with Deshaun Highler discussing how he got into basketball, being on Last Chance U basketball at East Los Angeles College, and him still being on the grind with the Sacramento State Hornets.

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This podcast interview with Deshaun Highler was originally recorded on April 7, 2021

This is the Average to Savage podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes, celebs and much more have everybody. I'm back for another episode of the average Savage podcasts. Our special guest today is to Sean Heiler Sean. How's it going? What's up man? Thanks for having me. Yeah, for sure. Let's just go back in time a little bit. Uh What's your first memory of just playing basketball? Uh My first memory playing basketball is my first game uh um like my first game, like on that actual team uh for my personal one person rec team at bobby bonds. Um we had a game at uh at Reid Park and um it was it was it was a lot of fun. Um I was for a lot of points uh and it was it was just it was just like a great start to like what's been the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Yeah, for sure. What about was there like a moment when you knew you were like a little better than the other players? Yeah, it was that day. Yeah, it was it was it was my first game, you know, because like up until that point had just been like playing like at the park, you know, shoot my mom just doing like, you know watching, watching on tv and going outside and trying to do the same thing, you know? I had like played against like my older cousin but she was a lot bigger than me so she would just block all my shots, you know what I mean? So like it wasn't like a real a real gauge of like how good I really was. Um And then like the first time that I actually got to play out there with Like five on 5 with kids my age. Um I was going crazy so I was okay. Yeah. That's crazy that you knew that young but it makes it I mean that makes sense like when you said all that um And then just going into your high school career, I know you had you had a great one. Uh I think you want a few state championships. We won a C. I. F. Regional championship was a big deal in...

California. Um And uh we got to the state regional championship in the state tournament in the same year. Um And that was all my senior year. Um And that was the best year. But yeah we won we won the regional southern section. Yeah. Yeah. So yeah so like like I told you before I'm in Connecticut so like we just have like regional one that that's not even a thing out just like the state tournament obviously California is way bigger. Um And then what about like I know um like on the show you mentioned you went to U tip, like what was your recruiting process like? I know I think you said you had a few different like non dealing offers. Yeah so it was a lot of um there's a lot of N. A. I. S. And the tubes that were interested in me and and I have nothing against like those levels but um that those are always kind of like the last resort for me because like those are like I always knew that I could go there if my like clock ran out with going to uh division one. So like my thing wasn't that like I was super opposed to like going to a lower level of school because there's a lot of there's a lot of talent there and and there's a lot of opportunities there. Um But I was just always going to give myself every chance to go the one before I took that route, you know? Yeah, yeah, for sure. And then I know you walked on at Youtube, what was it just like to walk on in and red shirt the same year? Um It was so my freshman year, it was, it was a lot of, it was a lot of fun um for a lot of reasons, but, but being a walk on part um and and dealing with dealing with, you know, everything that comes just starting from literally the bottom, like that's literally the bottom, especially at a school, like Youtube, you know, walk ons weren't, we didn't, none of us got a lot of opportunities. So um...

...after a little bit of a couple of months of practice, the coaches had gotten an idea of kind of what I could do um and then talk to me and we're like okay well we want to retreat you this year and give you a scholarship for next year. Um because it would be basically just like bringing in another freshman and I was like okay cool. Um That's exactly what I can, that's exactly what I wanted. Um And so learning that and getting the confidence through that like that I actually started that low and was able to like work my way up um was a great experience for sure, taught me a lot about myself. Yeah. And then uh like tell me how you got uh you ended up at East Los Angeles. Uh huh. Yeah, so it was pretty quick, like like I called my uh call my travel ball coach is like basically like my mentor um Marvin lee in, he was just basically like do you want to go to a national joke or do you want to go to L. Ac? And um you know my mom was getting was really sick at the time so. Uh huh. It was kind of like an easy decision just to come home. Yeah. Yeah for sure. Um So yeah during like Last Chance u uh I believe so it was your second season while they were filming. Um So what what was the first season like they're like what was your first impression like coaches and things like that? Uh huh. I can tell like I could tell that they but it was really a family um and that like I was gonna be good there because like it was I got there in like late july like august or so was like my first workouts and my mom passed in october like a few months later so...

...it was pretty quick that I was that I kind of found out like how either they cared about me or they didn't, you know, and I found out that they really, really did. Um So like from the get go, like the connection with the coaches was was there um our first season, we didn't have the same chemistry on the team as we did at the second season. Uh But it was a good it was a good season. We won a lot of games. Um We just should have did we just should have done more than what we did in the postseason. Yeah, for sure. Um And just going into the last chance to what what were your like when did you find out that like they were going to start filming and what what what were your thoughts on it? Um Yeah, so like going into the second year um that summer, it was like august I think, or late july was around the same time. Um And I was up there for I wasn't even supposed to be up there that day, but I had gone up there just to work out with Frankie, one of the, one of our coaches that used to be there uh shout out to Frankie by the way. Um Mhm And and I'm I'm done with the workout, I'm going I'm walking back to my car and coach mostly stops me. He's like, he's like, hey let me talk to you real quick. I'm like, what's up? He's like you ever watched Last Chance You And like right when he said that I was like, no way, like what? And I was like yeah, like yeah, I watched the Last Chance. He's like uh he's like well they want to come film us and yada yada and he'll tell you like he didn't you didn't know about it. He didn't like no really if he wanted to do it at first. Um And he had his reasons why and I was just like no like you got to do this like there's no I don't think you can I don't think...

...this is one you can really turn down coach like. Uh huh. And yeah I didn't hear anything about it actually after that day um all the way up until like our first like official practice. You know when like the college season officially starts whatever. Um And uh and the cameras were there and I was like wow like this is crazy like this is it's gonna it's gonna be wild. And then what was it like just cameras following you around like pretty much all the time. It was fun like every day felt like a movie. Um You know like not that we were not like we were acting or anything but like just like every day I felt like we were just on tv like every day felt like its own episode basically. Especially dealing with especially with coach mostly like every day felt like it's on its own separate episode for sure. It was a lot of fun though. It brought us together. Um It didn't split us apart at all. Uh It just made our chemistry like it just made us that much more closer um just to have that bond. Um and to know that it was gonna be that we were going to be able to like all our stories, we're gonna be out there. Yeah. Yeah. That's awesome. Um Like what did you do? You watch it yourself? Yeah. Yeah yeah, we watch it. Um I think we watched it like every day for like like two weeks, like the first thing like, like, like at least one episode, but like we bend it like for like the first like five days, it's like back to back to what, what were your thoughts on it? I loved it. I mean it showed you know exactly, that's exactly how the year was. You know, I mean it's great. It was it was amazing. You know what I mean? When all of a sudden it was over and it was really yeah, so it was really, you know what I mean? It's like exactly how you feel, watching it as an audience is exactly how we felt playing time. Probably 100.

Yeah, that's why I was crazy too because just me watching it, I knew like it was going to come, but I just it never showed any other dates. So I was just like, what time period is this? And then and then it just happened and it was exactly like everyone that's why I was crazy too. Because I remember just like all the, all the bigger schools closing down and you guys are, they didn't close you down and then so that, I don't know, it's just crazy. And then on the bus, you guys are about to go to the tournament, right? Yeah. Well, so if you notice like on the, on the show, like in the episode, I'm not actually on the bus. I had went to my car, I forgot my bag. Um And by the time I got to the bus, nobody was on the bus. I was so I thought I was like, first I was like, oh shit, like damn, I'm early um for once and the bus driver is like, hey man, like tournaments canceled. I was like, he was like yeah everybody's in the locker room. I was like uh huh. Um I wanted to say like yeah shout out to the crew though. You said like the way the way you didn't really, you have to like, you were wondering like dang, like what's going to happen this and that like the crew did such a such an amazing job like with with just how they put everything together and um and and the material that they that they like they're they're geniuses like terry um claire Daniel, all this guy, all of them like they're just amazing crew. Yeah. I mean the thing that I think is like kind of most amazing that people don't really think about it, like you guys aren't actors or probably never really been in a documentary or anything. It's just like how like yeah, that's like how did you, how did you like feel comfortable like talking to them about like your whole life basically? Yeah. No, they're they're like they're amazing people. So like, like off the off the court or like off the set, you know what I mean? Like it was like uh uh like like we were just, we talked about everything, you know what I mean? Like we would talk about their lives, we talked about our lives and you know what we're gonna do that day where we wanted to eat this and that like it was...

...it was that was a that was a special part of it. Uh My favorite parts of it for sure. Because those are people that we still talk to. You know, like we all, you know, have each other on social media and this and that. So it's awesome. And then you just tell me about like, just, I mean, obviously last century series just keeps on growing and growing, but like, what has it been like for you? Just like social media, I know you've been on like big platforms, like complex now. Uh NBA players showing you out. What's that been like? Uh It's been dope. It's been dope. Especially it's like um have guys like Isaiah thomas like connect with me like, um would, you know, chat it up like um those are people who have looked up to like for years. Um So that that part's been doped um to to have the following that we do now. It's crazy. But it's it's really cool because, you know, we did it, you know the right way? Like, we're not famous for the wrong reasons. There's nobody coming up to me like asking me to like do a dance or anything, you know what I mean? Like it's just, we just got famous like doing, you know, being ourselves. So that's, that's the coolest part about that. But um, other than that, like, you know, life is pretty much the same. Like the grind is the same because it's not like, you know, we're where we're trying to be like, it's not like we've gotten to our end goal yet. So, um, you know, the game is a game. We were just trying to, um, we're just trying to get to the next level at this point grinding. So all that's the same. Yeah, definitely. Um, yeah, Now tell me how you got to sacramento State, What was your second recruiting process? Our third recruiting process? Like, I guess it would be so, uh, um, when the season got cut it was all of recruiting was up in the air like I was you know,...

...especially already being on the fence like as a guard. Um You don't really I didn't really feel personally like I had time to waste um in the recruiting process. Um And they you know coach cats and the whole staff just express you know a great interest in my game and in me as a person. Um So you know that that kind of made it easy to just wrap it up quick and and uh and commit to Tax State. Yeah. That's awesome. Then how how was your season overall? I know obviously it's still corona so it's probably just a weird traveling and all that. Yeah. Yeah it was yeah there was a lot of ups and downs but it was good for me. Um I learned you know a lot. Um I'm going into my first D. One games um Just learned about you know this level of play um learning what I need to work on getting ready for next season. Um respect and have a really good season. Yeah for sure. So what do you have one year left to it? Uh well two now. Yeah goodness for money here. So I'm you know basically a junior again it's like I have like nine lives because that small thing man, it's kind of crazy but like it's almost I mean it just feels like it's meant to be you know at this point like I'm just trying to do what I'm supposed to do um to get to where I'm trying to go. So uh the clock and the clock keeps ticking. So yeah for sure I saw someone uh Hartford University here in Connecticut, I think he has an eligibility now of his seventh year because he had like two, I think he had a medical and a red shirt, Regular red shirt so that's crazy. Um But yeah let's just let's just get some like more fun questions like what do you what do you like to do in your free time? Um I like to play video games. Um No I I uh I mean I take care of my schoolwork. Um I'm uh I like to I like to trade stocks uh currency, you know I like to dabble in that a...

...little bit, you know NBA top shot little things like that. Little ways, a little flipping little money you know? Um uh I'd like to, you know I hang out with Kira we you know do things, we watch movies, watch shows, um work out together um Just be chilling. Um But you know, other than that like I'm pretty much a home body like I chill hang out, I go to practice, come back. Do the same thing. Yeah I got you. Yeah I saw in your story the other day that about like the Cryptocurrency and the stocks and so how'd you get into all that and then yeah. What do you think about NBA top shot? Uh Yeah I just kind of got into it. Um Yeah um You know over time you know starting to be a lot you know on my own. Um Just you know like you find different ways of get an extra money here and there. Um And it's fun to me honestly. Uh And um so when when I figured out kind of that I understood what was going on, you know what I mean? Because I never thought I would be like into like investing or trading or anything like that right? But like it was introduced to me um through a friend of mine and um I was reading I was reading um I was reading up on it and I was realizing like oh like I actually understand this stuff, like I think I can actually do this a little bit. So once once that happened it was kind of like it just kinda went from there. Um And I'm still in today, I've been doing it for like two years now. But uh Top shot is cool. I'm interested to see like how the value holds up over time though because like it's cool it's like really high product, you know right now. So like you know, so we'll see if the shock value goes down. But I think it's a concept. I think the N. F. T. Think concept entities is you know what they call a tease of the future or whatever. But I think I think...

...you know, I think it really is. You know, I think the idea of like virtual art room uh is like really cool. Yeah. Yeah for sure. And yeah it's funny you say that to good because like I know like we're still early in it because like I text my friend like I'm 29 now, but so I still text my my friends don't know what it is yet. So I'm like yeah I'm really right. Exactly. Exactly. Like everybody I talked to there like what's an N. F. T. I'm like oh man, like I don't even know how to I don't even know how to explain it. Yeah. I think it would be interesting to one more uh of the sports leagues get into it to like the NFL. I know UFC is next, I believe, for sure. Yeah, I saw I saw tom brady had just started up his own company. I thought that was dope. Yeah, there's a lot of athletes are doing it. It's gonna be interesting I guess, over the next few years then. So I know you've been doing a lot of interviews, but what's your dream interview? I asked coach mostly the same question. My dream interview reviewed by who would you want to be interviewed by the inside the NBA crew? All right. Jack shot, Kenny, Kenny and chuck. I've been watching those guys since since before. I can remember like yeah, that would be. How many interviews have you think you've done so far? Uh It's probably like In the 20s right now. Yeah, Yeah. Australian 20 years back right now. And then. What about uh what's something people don't know about you? Something people don't know about me. Um mm I make some mean hot wings. All right, okay. I mean hot wings. Thank you...

...barbecue. Uh No there, get their fire bro. Their fire bro. I'm gonna have to Capitalize on that one day. There you go. Alright well I appreciate you coming on. And uh can you let the listeners know where they can follow you at? You can follow me on Instagram at the Shine. You can follow me on Twitter at 11 to Sean. Um yeah wait, how do you get at the sean? Don't worry about it. Uh I don't know. All right, we'll just keep that Yeah, again, I appreciate it. Yeah, again it's going to be on Youtube. Uh follow me on instagram to stay tuned for that. But me and Kay are getting on Youtube soon Alright so yeah, I appreciate it again and best of luck next season. Thanks bro. Thanks for having me again. Yeah.

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