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Player College / Current Team
Issa Rae Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian
Dawn Staley South Carolina Gamecocks
Shannon Sharpe Sports Analyst
Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars
Hill Harper Actor
J. Cole Musician, Rapper
Marlon Taylor London Lightning
Prince Moss Grambling Tigers
Evan Clayborne UNC Asheville Bulldogs
Darnell Rogers UMBC Retrievers



Issa Rae For Issa Rae, the 90’s film, Love and Basketball was a strong inspiration while living as a young teen in South Central LA. Filmed in her neighborhood, she saw herself in the characters and behind the scenes. Notably important to Issa was the fact that the film was written and directed by a Black woman. It was at this pivotal moment that she fell in love with film and the woman the world knows as Issa Rae was cultivated. With her unique vision and infectious sense of humor, Rae first garnered attention for her award-winning web series and the accompanying New York Times best-seller, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She created and starred in the hit HBO show, Insecure, for which she has received multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations. Off screen, Rae is on the advisory council for Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women Initiative and recently partnered with AirBNB to build economic impact in her childhood neighborhood ahead of Super Bowl 56. Rae has an infallible commitment to equitable health services, youth development, and job creation in the South LA neighborhood.

Dawn Staley Dawn Staley is arguably one of the most decorated participants in United States women’s basketball history; and that’s just from her playing career. Before putting the South Carolina Women’s Basketball Team on the national stage with 2 championships and countless final four appearances, Staley led her team to four NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours and one National Championship game. She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year. Staley would go on to earn 3 Olympic Gold Medals and was the Flag bearer for the United States in Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2004. In 2012, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted her into its 2013 Hall of Fame Class.

Shannon Sharpe Shannon Sharpe, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who broke several records on the turf during his playing career; including 3 Super Bowl Championships and being the first tight end to collect over 10,000 receiving yards. He is now among the NFL1990’s All-Decade Team. Known for his authentic and edgy cantors, today Sharpe is a veteran TV sports analyst and currently the co-host of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. He is also the creator and host of podcast, Club Shay Shay.

Alyssa Naeher Alyssa Naeher is an American soccer goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. She has also played for the Boston Breakers and Turbine Potsdam. With the Breakers, she won the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Hill Harper This 2022 Draft Class Inductee is no stranger to TV audiences. You may best recognize him from his roles on hit shows like, CSI:NY or The Good Doctor. Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist who travels the world delivering action plans to underserved populations, addressing current affairs and speaking on life-awakening topics to a wide array of audiences of youth, adults, and business leaders. No stranger to high profile opportunities, Harper has fond memories from playing pickup basketball with Former President Barack Obama.

J.Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, and basketball player. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. In 2021, Cole took a hiatus from music to battle opponents on the court, playing for the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League in 2021. In 2022, Cole joined the Canadian Elite Basketball League where he is playing guard for the Scarborough Shooting Stars.

Marlon Taylor "6’5” Marlon Taylor is known for dunking and taking alley-oop passes for highlight-reel slams. Two of his alley-oop dunks made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays of the day during his collegiate career at LSU. Following college, Taylor found a basketball home with the NBA’s G-League and Liga Nacional de Baloncesto in the Dominican Republic.

Prince Moss Grambling State University’s Prince Moss is a 6’7” two-sport athlete from Bessemer, Alabama. With the completion of his collegiate basketball career in 2022, he transformed his high-flying dunks into high jumps as a newest member of the university's track and field team. Chronicled by his coaches for his tenacious sportsmanship and ability to lead the team, Moss has become a staple contender in the SWAC Track and Field Division.

Evan Clayborne Started all season at UNC Asheville as a graduate student-athlete. 6’6” Evan Clayborne ranked second in the Big South and 46th in the nation with 1.7 blocks per game (33 total). Prior to his time at UNC Asheville, Clayborne spent a season at North Carolina Central, earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology. Appeared in 30 of the Eagles’ 31 games, racking up 15 starts.

Darnell Rogers Recognized as the shortest player to play Division 1 basketball, Darnell Rogers is a force on the court standing 5’2”. It was in high school that Rogers first drew the attention of NCAA Division I programs while playing for the CP3 All-Stars at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. During his collegiate career, Darnell played for UMBC Retrievers of the America East Conference and gained national attention during a game against LSU.

Past Years

Player College / Current Team
Sister Margaret Ann Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School
Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers
Chadwick Boseman Actor
Shaun Kirk North Carolina-Pembroke
Russell Wilson Wisconsin/Seattle Seahawks



Sister Margaret Ann, along with four other nuns at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, went viral when they posted a video during the 2020 NBA Playoffs cheering on the Miami Heat and player Kendrick Nunn. Sister Margaret is a longtime fan of basketball, having played and coached the sport at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Mookie Betts, is a two-time MLB World Series champion, four-time MLB All-Star and a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association. The 5-9 Nashville native, who can also dunk a basketball, chose to pursue a career in baseball, playing for the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2018, he became the first player in MLB history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season.

Chadwick Boseman was a basketball star at T.L. Hanna High School in South Carolina before finding his passion for acting. As a teen, Boseman once played against Kevin Garnett in AAU basketball and scored on him. After playing Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, Boseman found worldwide fame, starring in the Marvel feature Black Panther. In 2016, Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer and during treatments, he continued to work on several films and never spoke publicly about his diagnosis. He passed away at his home on August 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side.

Shaun Kirk, a 6-8 forward from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is one of the nation’s top college dunkers. Kirk was a four-year letter winner at Whiteville High School (N.C.) before playing college basketball at NC State for three years and transferring to UNCP to finish out his college career in 2020.

Russell Wilson, 5-11, is tied for most wins by an NFL quarterback through nine seasons (92) and is one of two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating over 100. Before being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft, he was an elite three-sport athlete, playing football, baseball, and basketball at The Collegiate School in Virginia. In 2010, he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft.

Player College / Current Team
Mahershala Ali St. Mary's (Calif.)/Actor
Kristine Anigwe California-Berkely/Los Angeles Sparks
Tacko Fall Central Florida/Boston Celtics
DaQuan Jeffries Tulsa/Sacramento Kings
Kyler Murray Oklahoma/Arizona Cardinals



Mahershala Ali, is a Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award winner and was also selected as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2019. Standing at 6-3, Ali played four years of Division I college basketball as a guard at St. Mary’s (Calif.), where he averaged 7.0 points per game during his senior season.

Kristine Anigwe, 6-4, was a star forward for the University of California-Berkeley before being picked 9th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. The England-born Nigerian-American rookie, who can dunk, was the recipient of the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award and 2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year award. The Phoenix native was the lone female player to participate in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game dunk contest.

Tacko Fall, a 7-6 center for the University of Central Florida, led the team to its first NCAA tournament victory in program history in 2019. The Senegal native’s stature made him a social media sensation during the tournament, and he was named AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and was third-team All-AAC in 2019. Fall moved to the United States from Dakar at age 16. Initially, he played soccer and had no interest in basketball.

DaQuan Jeffries, the 2019 National Slam Dunk Champion during Final Four Weekend, was a third-team American Athletic Conference pick as a senior in 2018-19. He finished his collegiate career at the University of Tulsa ranked 14th on the program’s all-time blocks list with 74. In his senior year, he led the team in points, blocks and steals. The 6-5 forward was a four-year letterwinner at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., where he earned 2015 Oklahoma Class 6A All-State honors.

Kyler Murray, 5-10, became the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the MLB Draft (by the Oakland A’s in 2018) and the NFL Draft (by the Arizona Cardinals in 2019, when he was taken first overall). He was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2018 after quarterbacking Oklahoma to the Big 12 Championship. Murray led Allen High School in Allen, Texas to three straight state championships and 43 wins in a row.

Player College / Current Team
Thor Bjornsson Actor - Iceland
Lou Dunbar II Oklahoma City University
Joseph Kilgore Texas A&M-Corpus Christy
Paul Pogba Manchester United
Lili Thompson Notre Dame



Thor Björnsson, who is 6-9, this year became the first person in the world to capture the World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic in the same year. He is also an actor who portrays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Prior to his strongman and acting careers, he played professional basketball in Iceland’s Division I and also spent two years with Iceland’s junior national team, ultimately leaving the sport at age 20 due to a recurring ankle injury.

Lou Dunbar II, the son of Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, is a 6-3 guard who earned All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors for Oklahoma City University this past season. As a junior, he racked up nine games with 22-or-more points, including a 50-point outing against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) where Dunbar shot 11-of-14 from three-point range. The Houston native shot better than 40-percent from three-point range in each of his four seasons.

Joseph Kilgore, the 2018 national slam dunk champion during Final Four Weekend, finished third in the Southland Conference in scoring as a senior with 18.3 points per game. The 6-5 guard also recorded the first triple-double in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi history this year, notching 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Houston Baptist. Kilgore, who hails from Houston, also notched his career high of 36 points against Houston Baptist in the last game of the regular season.

Paul Pogba, 6-3, is one of the top offensive soccer players in the world and leads France into World Cup competition this year. He is also a passionate basketball fan with a smooth jump shot, as evidenced by his Instagram video of him swishing a jumper over Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embid last summer that’s received more than 2.7 million views, though his club team Manchester United reportedly banned him from playing basketball last year so that he would stay healthy. He also posted a hoops video that included the Globetrotter’s official theme music, “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

Lili Thompson played a key role at point guard for Notre Dame last season, leading the team in steals (1.6 per game) and ranking sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists (4.6 per game) before suffering a season-ending torn left ACL. She previously played three seasons at Stanford, serving as team captain as a junior and averaging 14.6 points per game. Thompson made 96 career starts and scored over 1,000 points for the Cardinal. The Texas native earned her bachelor’s degree at Stanford and a master’s degree in management last month from Notre Dame.

Player College / Current Team
Gal Gadot Actor
Aaron Judge New York Yankees
Naz Mitrou-Long Iowa State University
A.J. Merriweather East Tennessee State
Rodney Pryor Georgetown Universtiy
Tim Tebow Columbia Fireflies



Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress and model, is primarily known for her role in the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, which was released earlier this month. The 32-year-old is also no stranger to basketball, playing the sport in high school. "Because of my height (5-foot-10), I played on the high school basketball team. I was not an amazing shooter, but I lead them in defense.” Gadot has also appeared as Gisele Yashar in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, before making her superhero debut in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gadot’s latest role as the superhero, has set records as one of the highest-grossing films of 2017, and created a legion of goodwill as being one of the first female superheroes to have their own big-budget movie.

Aaron Judge has become one of the most popular players in baseball during his first full season with the New York Yankees. He was named the American League's Rookie of the Month in April and May, behind a baseball-best 23 home runs, while batting an AL-leading .335. The 25-year-old, who stands 6-7, was a three-sport star at Linden High School in California where he played center and was the team’s leading scorer in basketball while wearing No. 23. The right fielder recently launched a baseball 496 feet, the longest home run in the majors this season.

Naz Mitrou-Long finished his standout college career as one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Iowa State University history and led the Big 12 Conference with 2.8 threes made per game in 2016-17. The 6-4 guard from Mississauga, Ontario, played in 131 career games for the Cyclones and tied for second in career wins (98). Mitrou-Long hit a team-high 98 threes as a senior and sank 260 career 3-pointers, the second most in school history. He was one of the top high school prospects coming out of Canada.

A.J. Merriweather earned perfect scores of 40 on each of his first three dunks at the 2017 College Slam Dunk Contest before falling to eventual champ Rodney Pryor in the finals. The 6-2 guard from Jackson, Tenn., averaged 8.6 points per game at East Tennessee State during his season campaign, while shooting an impressive .467-percent from beyond the three-point arc. Merriweather finished in the final three for AA Mr. Basketball in Tennessee as a high school senior at Jackson South Side.

The 2017 College Slam Dunk Champion, Rodney Pryor played two seasons at Robert Morris University before transferring to Georgetown University. In his lone season with the Hoyas, Pryor averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 2016-17. The 6-5 high-flying guard earned first team All-Northeast Conference honors in his final season at Robert Morris. Pryor had an outstanding high school career at Notre Dame Prep in prep career in Niles, Ill.

Tim Tebow is a Heisman trophy winner (2007), and two-time national champion as a quarterback at the University of Florida.  A former first-round NFL draft pick (2010 Denver Broncos), he switched over to playing professional baseball with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies, after leaving football in 2015.   Like the Globetrotters, Tebow is an ambassador and role model to children. He devotes himself to charity, raising money for pediatric cancer patients and disadvantaged children. Tebow also serves as a college football analyst for the SEC Network.

Player College / Current Team
Devan Douglas University of Mary (N.D)
Missy Franklin Colorado – Olympic gold medalist
Kevin Hart Comedian/Actor - Philadelphia
Neymar Jr. FC Barcelona
Jordan Speith Golfer - Dallas
(Honorary Draft Pick) Craig Sager * NBA Sideline Reporter



Devan Douglas is the 2016 College Slam Dunk Champion, earning the title at this year’s Final Four in Houston. The high flyer starred for the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., where he helped the Marauders improve by 10 wins over the previous season as a senior and advance to the Northern Sun Conference Tournament semifinals. The Clinton, Iowa, native played his first two seasons at Kirkwood College where he finished in the top-20 in both scoring and rebounding in the Iowa Community College Athletic Association.

Missy Franklin began her international career at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials when she was just 13. She won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games: 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke, 800-meter freestyle relay and 400-meter medley relay, and won bronze with the 400-meter freestyle relay. "Missy the Missile" is expected to be a big part of Team USA at this summer’s Rio Olympic Games. The 6-2 star played high school basketball in Colorado (Regis Jesuit High School) and can palm a regulation-size basketball.

A comedian and actor, Kevin Hart is a four-time MVP in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The 5-4 guard played basketball at George Washington High School in Philadelphia. Hart has appeared in several movies, including Scary Movie, Soul Plane, Death at a Funeral, Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, Ride Along, and the newly-released Central Intelligence.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional soccer star who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona. At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award and is known for his playful style and incredible footwork. The captain of the Brazilian national team, Neymar will play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He is a big fan of basketball, and a recent viral video exhibited his dribbling skills.

Jordan Spieth became just the sixth golfer in history to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year (2015), and the first male since 1922 to claim multiple majors before his 22nd birthday. He comes from a family with a strong basketball background, as his mother played hoops at Moravian College and his younger brother currently plays for Brown University. Spieth recently bought a mansion that includes an indoor basketball court in Dallas.

Craig Sager (honorary draft pick) is a veteran NBA basketball sideline reporter who is famous for his colorful suits and genial nature. He has been publically battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML) since 2014. Despite his health issues, Sager has continued working his role with TNT, most recently during the NBA Playoffs and Finals and is slated to work the basketball games during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He is the first-ever honorary Harlem Globetrotter draft pick.

Player College / Current Team
LaQuavius Cotton Delta State University (Miss.)
Alex Morgan University of California, Berkeley/Portland Thorns FC
Mo'ne Davis Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.)
Dude Perfect McKinney, Texas
Larry Nance Jr. University of Wyoming
Kylie Huerta Hawai’i Pacific University



LaQuavius Cotton of Delta State University (Miss.) won the 2015 college slam dunk championship in April. The 6-6 native of Cleveland, Miss., was the Statesmen’s third-leading scorer and second-best three-point shooter his senior season. The Globetrotters have selected the college slam dunk champ in each of their player drafts and boast four players on their current roster who competed in the slam dunk contest: Hi-Lite BrutonThunder LawFlight Time Lang and Bull Bullard.

Alex Morgan led the U.S. Women’s National Team to the 2015 World Cup championship and a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Basketball was one of many sports the University of California, Berkeley product played while growing up in Diamond Bar, Calif., and her drive, leadership and experience on some of the world’s biggest athletic stages are some of the attributes the Globetrotters look for in a player.

Mo’ne Davis captured the country’s hearts by becoming the first female to ever get a pitching win at the Little League World Series, earning her the 2015 ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete and Sports Illustrated Kids’ SportsKid of the Year honors for 2014. A multi-sport athlete, as an eighth-grader, Davis made the high school varsity team in her favorite sport, basketball. She had a cameo appearance with the Globetrotters in a game in her hometown of Philadelphia in March. The Globetrotters are exercising a “Future Discovery Clause” to obtain the rights to Davis when she graduates from college.

Trick shot artists Dude Perfect burst onto the scene six years ago and have since inspired hundreds of millions with their contagious “Go Big” philosophy. They’ve filmed their trick shot and comedy videos all over the world, even collaborating with the original trick shot masters, the Globetrotters, on a fishing pole trick shot. Dude Perfect personifies the Globetrotters’ ambassadorial spirit with their charitable involvement, and they have been featured on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Evening News” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” With nearly six million subscribers and 480 million views across their online content, Dude Perfect is now the second largest sports channel on YouTube.

Larry Nance, Jr. led the University of Wyoming to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years this past season and possesses the high-flying genes of one of the game’s great dunkers. His father, Larry Sr., won the NBA’s first-ever slam dunk contest in 1984 and was a three-time All-Star. Larry Jr., a 6-8 native of Akron, Ohio, was named to the All-Mountain West Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team while leading the Cowboys in points per game (16.1), rebounds per game (7.2) and blocks per game (1.2).

Kylie Huerta packs a lot of game into her 5-foot-1 frame. The Hawai’i Pacific University point guard was named First Team All-PacWest Conference and the league tournament MVP in leading the Sharks to a 25-5 record and just the second NCAA Division II tournament berth in the history of the program. The Covington, Wash., native averaged 15 points, seven assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior, while shooting a blistering 42 percent on three-pointers and 86 percent from the line – but most impressively, she pulled down nearly five rebounds per game, good for third on the team.

Player College / Current 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



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 career at 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.

Player College / Current Team
Brittney Griner Baylor University (Texas)/Phoenix Mercury
Doug Anderson University of Detroit Mercy
Tyrone Davis Northwood University (Fla.)
Corey Law High Point University (N.C.)
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees



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.

Player College / Current 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



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 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.

Player College / Current Team
Andrew Goudelock College of Charleston (S.C.)
Jordan McCabe Issaquah, Wash.
Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
Paul Sturgess Mountain State University (W.Va.)
Jacob Tucker Illinois College
Darnell Wilks University of Cincinnati



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.

Player College / Current Team
Anthony Johnson &
Shaunte Nance-Johnson
University of Montana
Mark Titus Ohio State University
Marqus Blakely University of Vermont
Chris Roberts Bradley University (Ill.)
Derek Williams Southern Methodist University (Texas)
Darnell Wilks University of Cincinnati



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.

Player College / Current Team
Taylor Griffin University of Oklahoma
Tony Danridge University of New Mexico
Charlie Coley III UNC Charlotte
Derrick Mercer American University (Washington, D.C.)
Tim Howard U.S.A. Soccer/Everton FC



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.

Player College / Current Team
Patrick Ewing Jr. Georgetown University
Sonny Weems University of Arkansas
William Bullard Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Tay Fisher Siena College (N.Y.)
Longar Longar University of Oklahoma
Donald Thomas Lindenwood University (Mo.)
Bahamas Olympic team



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 a 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.

Player College / Current Team
Anthony "Ant" Atkinson Barton College (N.C.)
Sun Ming Ming China
Mario West Georgia Tech University
Brent Petway University of Michigan
Marcus Kennedy University of Montevallo (Ala.)



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.


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