Indicates player has played for the Globetrotters.

2007 HGI Player Draft

Pick

Player

Previous Team

1

Anthony "Ant" Atkinson

Barton College (N.C.)

2

Sun Ming Ming

China

3

Mario West

Georgia Tech University

4

Brent Petway

University of Michigan

5

Marcus Kennedy

University of Montevallo (Ala.)

Recap:

Anthony  "Ant" Atkinson- At 5-10, Anthony Atkinson will long be remembered for leading one of the greatest comebacks in the history of college basketball, scoring 10 straight points in the last 40 seconds of Barton College's 77-75 win over top-ranked Winona State in the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship game.

Sun Ming Ming- 7-foot-9 Sun Ming Ming is the tallest known basketball player in the world and another basketball wonder from the Far East.  Sporting a size 20 shoe, he can touch the rim standing on his tiptoes.

Mario West- Captain of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, captured the 2007 State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest, netting a perfect score in the final round to edge Brent Petway.  He received the Michael Isenhour Inspirational Award and the team's Excellence Award for overall achievement on and off the court his senior season.  

Brent  Petway- Sporting a 42-inch vertical leap, dunks accounted for over half of Brent Petway's baskets in his career at Michigan.  His dunking prowess earned him a number of highlight moments on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays throughout his career, and he was named the Big Ten's Best Dunker in a Sports Illustrated player survey his junior season. 

Marcus Kennedy- Finished his college career as the all-time leading scorer in Montevallo history and drained a near half court shot at the buzzer to win the 2007 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball South Regional championship game.  Kennedy was named a 2007 Division II All-American by the NABC, Division II Bulletin, Basketball Times and Daktronics. 

2008 HGI Player Draft

Pick

Player

Previous Team

1

Patrick Ewing, Jr.

Georgetown University

2

Sonny Weems

University of Arkansas

3

William Bullard

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

4

Tay Fisher

Siena College (N.Y.)

5

Longar Longar

University of Oklahoma

6

Donald Thomas

Lindenwood University (Mo.) and Bahamas Olympic team

Recap:

Patrick Ewing, Jr.- A second-round pick of Sacramento in the 2008 NBA Draft, is the son of former Georgetown and New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing.  The 6-8 forward received one of only two perfect scores at the 2008 College Slam Dunk Championship, was the recipient of the inaugural Big East Sixth Man of the Year Award and helped lead the Hoyas to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. 

Sonny Weems- Selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by Chicago (his rights then traded to Denver), defeated Ewing and six others for the 2008 College Slam Dunk Championship, giving him dunk titles at the high school, junior college and NCAA levels.  The 6-6 Weems was an All-SEC First Team selection as an Arkansas senior.

William Bullard- Finished second to Weems in the 2008 College Slam Dunk Championship.  The shortest player in the event, at 6-5, he received the second of the two perfect scores (in addition to Ewing) awarded on a single dunk.

Tay Fisher- Finished his collegiate career with a flurry, as the 5-9 sharp-shooter drained six 3-pointers in Siena's 21-point MAAC Championship rout of Rider and went a perfect 6-for-6 from long range in the Saints' NCAA First Round upset of 4th-seeded Vanderbilt. Fisher shot a blistering 44.4 percent from downtown his senior season.

Longar Longar- Led the Sooners in blocked shots as a senior, and the 6-11 Sudanese center ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding and field goal shooting.

Donald Thomas- Displayed his extraordinary leaping ability as a basketball player at Lindenwood University in 2005 when, on a friend's challenge, he high-jumped seven feet.  That led to spot on the track team, where the 6-2 Bahamian shattered school and meet records before enrolling in graduate school at Auburn, where he became an All-American and won the 2007 NCAA indoor high jump title.  He then took the 2007 World Indoor title in Osaka, Japan, with a leap of 7 feet, 8.5 inches.  He competed in the high jump at the Summer Olympic Games held in Beijing.

2009 HGI Player Draft

Pick

Player

Previous Team

1

Taylor Griffin

University of Oklahoma

2

Tony Danridge

University of New Mexico

3

Charlie Coley, III

UNC Charlotte

4

Derrick Mercer

American University

5

Tim Howard

U.S.A. Soccer/Everton FC

Recap:

Taylor Griffin- The older brother, and Oklahoma teammate, of consensus national player of the year and 2009 #1 overall NBA Draft pick, Blake Griffin.  As a senior, Taylor Griffin was the Sooners' third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, helping propel Oklahoma to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. The 6-7 Oklahoma City native was a three-time second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft.

Tony Danridge- Won the 2009 College Slam Dunk Championship while compiling three perfect scores of 50.  A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior at New Mexico, the 6-5 Danridge's highlight reel dunks and assortment of cupping windmill jams became YouTube sensations.  

Charlie Cooley, III- Finished second to Danridge in the Slam Dunk Championship by a single point in a dunk-off, after each had scored a perfect 50 in the final round.  Sporting a 40-inch vertical leap, the 6-7 Charlotte 49er, raised in Lake Worth, Fla., once dunked over a Nissan on a playground in Miami.

Derrick Mercer- Named Patriot League Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American for his stellar play in the 2008-09 season.  The 5-9 dynamo led American University to two straight NCAA tournaments, and the Jersey City, N.J. native finished his college career as the only player in Patriot League history to record at least 1,200 career points and 500 career assists.

Tim Howard- The top goalkeeper of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, as well as one of the best net-minders in the English Premier League, having led Everton FC to the 2009 FA Cup Final.  He starred at North Brunswick High School, in his hometown of North Brunswick, N.J., in both soccer and basketball, where his scoring and leaping ability helped lead his school to the state finals his senior year.  The 6-3 Howard is active in charitable efforts, as he is a past winner of the MLS Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with children with Tourette Syndrome – a condition which affects Howard personally – and is also involved in the organization Athletes in Action.

2010 HGI Player Draft

Pick

Player

Previous Team

1

Anthony Johnson & Shaunte Nance-Johnson

University of Montana

2

Mark Titus

Ohio State University

3

Marqus Blakely

University of Vermont

4

Chris Roberts

Bradley University (Ill.)

5

Derek Williams

Southern Methodist University (Texas)

Recap:

Anthony Johnson and Shaunte Nance-Johnson, natives of Tacoma, Wash., and married in 2006, each completed their senior seasons at Montana in 2010.

The 6-3 Johnson gained national notoriety by scoring Montana's last 21 points (42 total) in a 22-point come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament title game, vaulting the Grizzlies into the 2010 NCAA tournament. The effort also received an ESPY nomination for Best Championship Performance with the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Phelps and Shaun White. A unanimous first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a junior and senior, Johnson was the first two-year player ever at Montana to break the 1,000-point scoring plateau.

The starting point guard for the Lady Griz, Nance-Johnson led the team in assists and to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament in 2010.  If she makes the Globetrotters squad, she would become the ninth woman in history to play for the storied franchise. One of the previous eight, Joyce Walker, once coached Nance-Johnson in a Washington high school all-star game in 2005

Mark "The Shark" Titus- Originally joined the Ohio State men's basketball program as a team manager, but his shooting prowess (coach Thad Matta called him the best shooter on the team) soon earned him a spot on the Buckeyes' roster. One of the top pure shooters in the state of Indiana during his high school career in his hometown of Brownsburg, Ind., the 6-4 guard joined the Buckeyes just prior to the start of their record-setting 2006-07 campaign. Titus became a cult phenomenon via his popular "Club Trillion" blog and various YouTube videos and wrote a book about his career at Ohio State.

Marqus Blakely-  Posted a perfect score of 50 and a 47 en route to winning the 2010 College Slam Dunk Championship.  The 6-5 forward led Vermont to a then school record-tying 25 wins in 2010 and the school's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in its history.  Blakely was one of only two players in the nation to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in the 2009-10 season, and he and Player of the Year Evan Turner of Ohio State were the only players in the nation to average at least 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists per contest.

Chris Roberts- Finished second - by one point - to Blakely in final round of the 2010 College Slam Dunk Championship, after posting scores of 50 and 47.5 among his early dunks.  The 6-4 guard out of Fort Worth, Texas, secured his place in Bradley lore by banking in a 75-foot shot at the buzzer to deliver a 76-75 win on March 23, 2010, against Oakland in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinal.  The buzzer-beater was believed to be the longest game-winning shot in NCAA Division I postseason history at the time.  During his two-year Bradley career, Roberts made four appearances on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays, first for the 75-footer and three more times for his dunks, appearing three times in nine days.

Derek Williams- Led the SMU Mustangs in points, assists, minutes, field goals and free throws as a senior.  He was the team's ironman, averaging nearly 37 minutes per game and logging a full 40 in 11 contests. The 6-1 spark plug also received All-Conference USA accolades.

2011 HGI Player Draft

 

Player

Previous Team

 

Andrew Goudelock

College of Charleston (S.C.)

 

Jordan McCabe

Issaquah, WA

 

Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona

 

Paul Sturgess

Mountain State University (W.Va.)

 

Jacob Tucker

Illinois College

 

Darnell Wilks

University of Cincinnati

Recap:

Andrew Goudelock- Won the 2011 College 3-point Championship, averaging an incredible 20 points (out of 30) per his three rounds.  Goudelock, drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, was named the 2011 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year and earned AP All-American honors.  His 23.7 points per game as a senior ranked fourth nationally in Division I.  In all-time Division I play, the native of Stone Mountain, Ga., finished his career in the top 40 on the career scoring list (2,571) and number 11 in career 3-pointers (396), hitting nearly 42 percent. 

Jordan McCabe- A ball handling phenom from the Seattle area, the then 12 year-old showcased his incredible talents for none other than Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal during a 2011 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School in Issaquah, Wash.   

Lionel Messi-  One of the greatest ball handlers in the soccer world, and star for FC Barcelona and Argentina's national team.  Hailing from Rosario, Argentina, Messi was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and he has won three Champions League titles and an Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.  Capturing the Globetrotters' ambassadorial spirit, Messi has also established his own foundation that supports access to education and health care for at risk children, and in 2010, he was named a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

Paul Sturgess- The tallest college basketball player in history at 7-8.  Sturgess, from Loughborough, England, helped the Mountain State University (W.Va.) Cougars to a runner-up finish in the 2011 NAIA Division I Tournament.

Jacob Tucker- Won the 2011 College Slam Dunk Championship, a culmination of a YouTube video campaign to take part in the competition that gained worldwide fanfare with well over four million hits.  At just 5-10, Tucker sports an incredible 50-inch vertical leap, which helped him mesmerize the crowd with two perfect scores of 50 among his amazing dunks.  The Carlyle, Ill., native led Illinois College in rebounding and steals as a senior, and was the team's second leading scorer.

Darnell Wilks- Was narrowly edged out in the semifinals of the 2011 College Slam Dunk Championship, posting a semifinal round score of 49 that was bested only by two perfect scores of 50.  The gravity-defying Wilks, hailing from Nashville, Tenn., helped the Bearcats to the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's tournament, where they were upended by eventual champion Connecticut.

2012 HGI Player Draft

 

Player

Previous Team

 

James Justice

Martin Methodist College (Tenn.)

 

Bryan Narcisse

Clemson University

 

Stefan Bonneau

C.W. Post (N.Y.)

 

Iesha Davis

Richard J. Daley College (Ill.)

 

Usain Bolt

Jamaica - Olympic gold medalist

 

Dylan Richter

Washington University in St. Louis

Recap:

James Justice of Martin Methodist College won the 2012 College Slam Dunk Championship after gaining entry with a YouTube video campaign.  After being voted into the contest via Facebook, the 5-9 Justice, who sports a 52-inch vertical leap, dazzled the crowd and the judges with three perfect scores of the four dunks he executed.  The Memphis, Tenn., product was a two-time First Team NAIA All-American and two-time TranSouth Conference Player of the Year.

Bryan Narcisse, a 6-6 forward from Clemson University with a seven-foot wingspan, reached the semis of the 2012 College Slam Dunk Championship by displaying his showmanship.  On one dunk, the North Augusta, S.C., native donned a retro jersey of Clemson alum – and former NBA slam dunk champ – Larry Nance, and slammed home another after the ball was thrown off the shot clock, netting a perfect score.  An outstanding student, Narcisse finished his Clemson basketball career with a degree in communications studies already in hand.

Stefan Bonneau, a 5-10 scoring and dunking stalwart hailing from Middletown, N.Y., was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the year in both of his seasons at C.W. Post (N.Y.), and he was selected to three Division II All-American teams in 2011-12 after averaging 21.7 points per game.

Chicago native Iesha Davis is the older sister of Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the #1 overall pick in 2012 NBA Draft. The 5-10 Davis played at Richard J. Daley College in Illinois and had a large influence on the development of her younger brother, who has compared their relationship to famous basketball siblings Cheryl and Reggie Miller.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three gold medals in 2008 Beijing Olympics, capturing the 100 and 200 meter titles, along with the 4x100 meter relay title with his Jamaican team.  He was also a five-time gold medalist at the World Track & Field Championships at the time of being drafted by the Globetrotters.  Bolt's raw leaping ability caught the Globetrotters' eye, and the team's interest was piqued after seeing online videos of Bolt dunking.

Dylan Richter, hailing from Lincolnshire, Ill., was a DIII News and D3hoops.com All-American in 2011-12, as well as the University Athletic Association Player of the Year. The sharp-shooting Richter finished his career sixth on the all-time three-pointers made list at Washington University in St. Louis, where he helped the Bears to the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship. He interned with the Harlem Globetrotters' digital team during the 2012 Tour and was hired on full-time as the organization's digital marketing manager just two weeks after the draft.

2013 HGI Player Draft

 

Player

Previous Team

 

Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury/Baylor University (Texas)

 

Doug Anderson

University of Detroit Mercy

 

Tyrone Davis

Northwood University (Fla.)

 

Corey Law

High Point University (N.C.)

 

Mariano Rivera

New York Yankees

Recap:

Brittney Griner was the number one overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.  In her debut with the Phoenix Mercury, she became the first player to ever dunk twice in a WNBA game. At Baylor University, the 6-8 Griner was one of the most outstanding players in women’s college basketball history, sweeping all major national awards her last two seasons (AP Player of the Year, Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, USBWA Player of the Year, Wooden Award).  During those two seasons, the Houston native led the Bears to an incredible 74‐2 record, including a 40‐0 mark in Baylor’s 2012 national championship season. Griner finished her college career as the second all‐time leading scorer in Division I women’s basketball history and amassed an NCAA men’s and women’s record 748 blocks.

Doug Anderson of the University of Detroit Mercy won all five dunk contests in which he competed before being drafted by the Globetrotters, including the 2013 College Slam Dunk Championship, where he garnered perfect scores of 40 from the judges on each of his four dunks.  Hailing from Kalamazoo, Mich., he led the Titans in field goal percentage and blocks as a senior and was third on the team in rebounding and steals.  The 6-6 Anderson was a one-man highlight reel, as 46 percent of his field goals during his two seasons with the Titans were dunks, and he had the number one dunk on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays on four different occasions.

Tyrone Davis of Northwood University (Fla.) was a 2012-13 NAIA Division II All-American after leading the nation in assists per game at 7.86.  The 5-4 guard from Staten Island, N.Y., also led the Seahawks – where he played for legendary coach Rollie Massimino – with 2.3 steals a game, earning a spot on the Sun Conference All-Defensive Team to follow up his 2011-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year campaign.  Davis set the school record for career assists and steals before he even entered his senior season, a season in which he helped lead Northwood to a 30-4 record.

Corey Law of High Point University (N.C.) competed in the College Slam Dunk Championships by beating out 15 other athletes to become the annual "Dark Horse Dunker." The 6-4 native of Chesapeake, Va., led High Point in field goal percentage as a senior and was third on the team in rebounding and blocks.  Sporting a 44-inch vertical leap, Law finished his career second on the Panthers’ career rebounding list. 

Mariano Rivera is a five-time World Series Champion and 13-time All-Star.  Hailing from Panama City, Panama, the future Hall of Famer has the most saves in Major League Baseball history and is among the league leaders in saves again this season.  Owner of a World Series MVP award and several postseason records – including lowest earned run average and most saves – Rivera also gives back through the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which donates over half a million dollars a year to charities in the U.S. and his native Panama.

2014 HGI Player Draft

 

Player

Previous Team

 

Marcus Lewis

Eastern Kentucky University

 

Tyler Inman

Southwestern Christian University (Okla.)

 

Sim Bhullar

New Mexico State University

 

Landon Donovan

Los Angeles Galaxy

 

Mitchell Wiggins, Jr.

Southeastern University (Fla.)

 

Nick Wiggins

Wichita State University

 

Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M University and Cleveland Browns

Recap:

Marcus Lewis of Eastern Kentucky University captured the 2014 College Slam Dunk Championship after being named as the competition’s annual “Dark Horse Dunker” via fan voting.  Lewis received perfect scores on all of his dunks leading into the finals, and fans broke a finals tie to declare Lewis the winner.  The 6-4 native of Streamwood, Ill., was third in scoring and blocks for Eastern Kentucky and second in steals, and he helped the Colonels to upsets of the top two seeds in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference tourney to take the title and an NCAA tournament berth.
 
Tyler Inman of Southwestern Christian University (Okla.) won the first-ever NAIA dunk contest in March 2014 by reeling off perfect scores of 50 on each of his four jaw-dropping dunks in the competition. The 6-5 product of Savanna, Okla., was the third-leading scorer for the Eagles his senior season and was second on the team in field goals made, three-pointers made and blocks.
 
Sim Bhullar began his New Mexico State University in style, winning the WAC Freshman of the Year award in 2012-13.  In just two seasons, the 7-foot-5, 360-pound Toronto native recorded the second most blocks in Aggie history and set the school’s top two single-season block totals (101 and 85).  Bhullar also won two straight WAC tournament MVP awards.
 
Landon Donovan is arguably the most highly-decorated soccer player in U.S. history.  The all-time U.S. soccer leader in goals and assists, Donovan is also the all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer history.  Born in Ontario, Calif., Donovan has a U.S.-record five goals in World Cup play in his career, and he is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award.  Donovan joins U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard (2009) and the legendary Lionel Messi (2011) as soccer players drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
 
Mitchell Wiggins, Jr., and Nick Wiggins are the older brothers of number one overall 2014 NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins.  Mitchell, a 6-6 forward, helped the Southeastern University (Fla.) Fire to the semifinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament and followed that up with a second-place finish in the inaugural NAIA slam dunk contest.  Nick, a 6-6 guard, helped Wichita State University to the two greatest seasons in schools history, as the Shockers registered back-to-back 30-win campaigns and one Final Four appearance. Hailing from Vaughan, Ontario, the brothers are the sons of Mitchell and Marita Wiggins.  Mitchell, Sr., is a former first round NBA pick who played for six seasons in the league, and Marita is a two-time Olympic silver-medalist in track and field.
 
Johnny Manziel is one of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and piling up a litany of individual records and awards on his way to becoming the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.  During his college career, the Kerrville, Texas, native also befriended a young cancer patient named Charlie Dina and his family and helped launch a wave of people wearing “Charlie’s Angels” wristbands to champion Charlie’s cause.
 
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