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Harlem Globetrotter Trades Tricks With H.S. Physics Teacher

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A high school physics teacher can thank science and basketball for his sudden fame.

David Hovan, an AP physics teacher at St. John's College High School in the District of Columbia, caught the attention of the Harlem Globetrotters earlier this week by spinning a basketball on top of a pencil while writing.

The video, which was filmed last year, according to USA Today, went viral after being posted Monday on BobsBlitz.com. (It has over 700,000 views as of 11:00 a.m. ET Friday.) Hovan wasn't just being a show-off, though; he was using the trick to teach his students.

"We had been talking about angular momentum and the formation of the solar system," Hovan said to USA Today.  "It's something I've done every year. I've been able to do it since high school and when I got to teaching physics and astronomy, I knew it would amaze students."

Once the Harlem Globetrotters caught wind of it, they began reaching out on YouTube to track down the identity of the teacher in the video. A few students replied to the Globetrotters, which led to the team sending a player to the school to get a glimpse of the trick first-hand.

So, on Thursday, Handles Franklin made his way to Hovan's AP physics class, where the two showed off their ball-spinning skills together. Franklin also invited Hovan to the Globetrotters' March 15 game at the Verizon Center in the District of Columbia to demonstrate his trick there, too.

And of course, the trip wouldn't be complete without a recreation of the now-viral video:

Photo: Teacher David Hovan and Harlem Globetrotter Handles Franklin show off their ball-spinning skills together. (Photo courtesy of St. John's College High School)

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