Harlem Globetrotters Select Oscar-Winning Actor, Heisman Trophy Winner And Slam Dunk Champion In 2019 Player Draft
Ambassadors of Goodwill also select WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe, 7'6" NCAA tournament standout Tacko Fall
ATLANTA, June 18, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- The world famous Harlem Globetrotters today held their 13th annual player draft, selecting a wide array of talented prospects that includes three standout collegiate players as well as a two-time Oscar-winning actor and a first-round pick in both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts.
In all, the Globetrotters selected five players, led by 2019 College Slam Dunk Champion DaQuan Jeffries of the University of Tulsa; 6'4" WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe of the Connecticut Sun; 7'6" University of Central Florida center Tacko Fall; two-time Academy Award winning actor and former Division I basketball player Mahershala Ali; and Kyler Murray, a first-round draft pick in the MLB draft and the top overall pick in the NFL draft as well.
"The Globetrotters have always tried to draft athletes who are superstars on and off of the court," said Sweet Lou Dunbar, who is the Globetrotters' longtime director of player personnel and head coach. "It is important for players to excite fans with their outstanding athletic ability, but our players need to be more than that, too. This year's group of draftees really has what it takes to be Globetrotters."
Following is a full recap of the Globetrotters' draftees:
Eight current Globetrotter players have arrived on the roster as draft picks: "Ant" Atkinson (2007), "Firefly" Fisher and "Bull" Bullard (2008), "Thunder" Law (2013), "Beast" Douglas (2016), "Money" Merriweather (2017), "Sweet Lou II" Dunbar (2018) and "Champ" Thomson (2018). 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 Aaron Judge in 2017), and Hollywood icons (Kevin Hart in 2016).
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 124 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. The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Harlem Globetrotters. Sponsored by Entenmann's ® Donuts, Ticket Galaxy, Tum-e Yummies 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.
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