Jimmy Blacklock, beginning his fifth season as a full-time Globetrotters coach, was a standout point guard and dribbler for the Globetrotters from 1974 to 1987, one of the most popular times in the team’s history. He appeared on popular TV shows such as ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” “The Tonight Show,” “The White Shadow,” “The Love Boat,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.”
He played in over 2,500 games for the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, visiting 62 countries in his playing career. Blacklock was also a player/coach for the Globetrotters for one season in 1997.
Blacklock joined the Globetrotters after a stellar career at the University of Texas, where he was one of the first African-American players ever to play at the school. He was honored as the Longhorns’ Most Valuable Player his junior season after leading the team in scoring, and he was the team captain his senior year.
In October 2016, Blacklock was inducted into the University of Texas' Men's Halls of Honor for his time on the UT Basketball team (1971-1972).