This archived article was written by: Abigail Ericson & Joy Malone
Most people have seen Chase Flint on the basketball court or walking around campus. The first thing you may notice about him is his long, shaggy hair, but Chase Flint is so much more than that. He is a man filled with compassion for others and a desire to succeed unparalleled by none.
He is on the men’s basketball team at USU Eastern and is known around campus for shaggy hair and friendliness. As part of our interview, we decided to ask random students around campus their opinion of Flint. We got many different answers of all different kinds, due to the fact that some students were not even aware that a man named Chase Flint even existed. “Who? What? Is Chase Flint the new president or something?” said a frazzled student who wishes to stay anonymous due to her naivety.
No, Flint is not the new president. However, he is an extremely talented basketball player. Recently named to the first team all-conference in the SWAC, Flint earned respect from teammates and opponents alike. This success and leadership from peers is not new to Flint. In high school, he was named the team captain in both football and basketball. He made first team all-state and the all-tournament team for basketball and honorable mention in football. He is well-rounded and a great team player.
Teammate Eric Hansen said of Flint, “Well…there’s not a lot of good to say about Chase…Just kidding. He’s a great basketball player; he plays hard and gives 110 percent year round. He hustles on the court. He gets all the loose balls and has a very good vision of the court. He always find the open man. He is unselfish.” We asked another teammate, Todd Helgesen, to give us his opinion of Chase as well. His reply, “he plays scrappy and always works hard. He is a great basketball player.” Although much shorter versed than Hansen, Helgesen also speaks the truth. Anyone that has attended a basketball game at USU Eastern this year, can attest to Flint’s aggressive play, drive to win and leadership on the court. Flint is a player that everyone loves to have on their team.
Outside of basketball, Flint reportedly is a great friend and person. Megan Peterson commented that, “He’s an amazing basketball player and definitely one of my best friends down at school. He picks me up when I am down, he is really awesome.” Helgesen added, “I hate him, but he is a good friend.” Flint is a person that will always welcome friends with a big smile and giant hug. Danee Merrell said, “he needs to cut his hair. But he is always super friendly and knows what to say to make you feel better.”
Readers, in need of a new friend? Talk to Flint. He just might be able to satisfy that need.