(PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are honoring Florida State University’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes with a “Trotter Tribute,” in recognition of Rathan-Mayes scoring 30 points in the final 4:38 of their game against the University of Miami on Feb. 25.
Rathan-Mayes, a freshman guard, made six 3-pointers and went 8 for 10 in the final five minutes to cut an 18-point deficit in a game that Miami won by four.
“The NCAA clearly needs to adopt the Harlem Globetrotters’ 4-point shot so the next time someone like Xavier catches fire, they can also get the victory,” said Globetrotters’ Showman Ant Atkinson, who scored 10 points in the final 39 seconds for Barton College to win the 2007 NCAA Division II championship game.
The Globetrotters’ 4-point shot, located 35-feet from the hoop, will be on display at Rathan-Mayes’ home court on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. when the Globetrotters’ 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” World Tour comes to Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at FSU.
The “Trotter Tribute” honors athletes from all sports throughout the world whose play calls to mind the dazzling showmanship of “the world’s most famous team.” The honor is designed to recognize amazing and entertaining moments during the course of competition. Members of the media often refer to unbelievable plays as “Globetrotter-esque,” signifying fantastic athletic feats, as well as the unique trademark the team has emblazoned in incorporating entertainment into sports.
Tickets to see the Globetrotters in Tallahassee are available at the arena box office or online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. 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 over more than eight thrilling decades. For more information, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.