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Ralph Herbert White (born 15 June 1948 in Valdosta, Georgia) was a basketball player from 1970-1971 for the Atlanta Hawks. At 6'2" and 195 lbs, he played as a guard/forward (basketball).

He went to Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia. He was voted the number one high school player in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in his senior year at Decatur High School. He went to the University of Georgia and received the Most Valuable Player award in 1969-1970.

He was drafted by the Hawks in the 8th round as a 14th pick and was 133rd ranked overall at the 1970 NBA draft. He started five games for the Hawks in his firste year, but was drafted into the Army in March 1971. An injury ended his professional career in 1972.

Known for his great leaping ability, his nickname was "The Elevator from Decatur". He was cited by Wilt Chamberlain as the greatest dunker he ever saw during pre-game warmups. He once received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd for his pre-game dunking show. Sports Illustrated named him "the most underrated dunker in NBA history" in an August 27, 2001, article by Alex Wolff.

External links

Sports Illustrated vault Herb White Statistics at Basketball-Reference.com


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