Release provided by the Harlem Globetrotters
ATLANTA, June 20, 2017 – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters today, held their 11th annual player draft, selecting a bevy of talents to represent the team, among them: three collegiate standouts, one of the best up-and-coming players in Major League Baseball, the star of the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, and an internationally-known two-sport athlete.
Utilizing their social media platform on Twitter (@Globies), the Globetrotters announced their selections live for the second consecutive draft. In a twist, the team’s longtime rivals – the recently-revived Washington Generals – did the same, crashing the draft with their own picks over Twitter (@TheGenerals).
The Globetrotters selected six players, including two stars from the 2017 College Slam Dunk Championship – champion Rodney Pryor (Georgetown University) and A.J. Merriweather (East Tennessee State University) – to join the squad, alongside Canadian-born Naz Mitrou-Long (Iowa State University) for the upcoming season.
But the team didn’t stop there, scooping up three big names left on their draft board: multi-sport star, Tim Tebow, New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, and actress Gal Gadot.
“The Globetrotters have always tried to be creative when it comes to our draftees,” said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the Harlem Globetrotters’ director of player personnel and coach. “Having players who can electrify fans with high-flying ability is a tremendous trait, but they’ve got to go beyond that. Globetrotters need to be superstars off the court, as well, and we think we’ve scored a touchdown, hit a home run, and lassoed in the best in all those areas this year.”
Following is a full recap of the Globetrotters’ draftees:
Past draftees by the team have included future Globetrotters, as well as high-profile celebrities and sports figures who are excellent examples of what the Harlem Globetrotters are all about – fun, entertaining, and family-friendly basketball.
Five current Globetrotter players have arrived on the roster as draft picks: Anthony “Ant” Atkinson (2007), Tay “Firefly” Fisher and William “Bull” Bullard (2008), Corey “Thunder” Law (2013), and Devan “Beast” Douglas (2016). Celebrity picks have ranged from all walks of life from international and domestic superstars (Tim Howard in 2009, Lionel Messi in 2011, and Neymar Jr. in 2016), Olympic champions (Usain Bolt in 2012, and Missy Franklin in 2016), baseball icons (Mariano Rivera in 2013, and Mo’ne Davis in 2015), and Hollywood icons (Kevin Hart in 2016).
Last year, the Globetrotters also named their first honorary draft pick, tabbing the beloved NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager. Sager, who was in the midst of battling leukemia, said he was “honored” by the gesture.
About the Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for over 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.