Jack Taylor Receives Harlem Globetrotters' "Trotter Tribute"


(PHOENIX, Nov. 21, 2012) – Grinnell College sophomore guard Jack Taylor has been honored with a “Trotter Tribute” from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in recognition of his 138 point outburst in his team’s 174-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible. 

“To think that Jack accomplished this feat without our 4-point shot is simply amazing,’” said Globetrotters showman Special K Daley.  “If Jack’s accomplishment is ever matched, it will likely be in a Globetrotter game.  This year, we are letting our fans decide the rules of the game, which could include anything from double the points to our 4-point shot for an entire quarter.”

In Tuesday night’s game, Taylor shot 52-of-108 from the field, 27-of-71 from 3-point range, and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 138 points and setting a new NCAA record.   Taylor broke the record of 113 points set by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande in 1954.   Ironically, Francis  played against the Harlem Globetrotters following his college career with the Boston Whirlwinds, a barnstorming team.

The “Trotter Tribute” honors professional and college 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.

For the first time ever, Globetrotter fans will decide the rules for the game during their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made.  Fans can choose their favorite rule at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/vote. 

The North American leg of the Globetrotters’ tour will tip-off on December 26, 2012, and will run through April 2013.  The team will play over 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces. 

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, 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. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 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 more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.