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Similar to some of his new teammates, Harlem Globetrotters star Hops Pearce joins the famous roster after winning the 2018 Dark Horse Dunk Competition during Final Four Weekend. Pearce adds to the Globetrotters growing list of some of the best dunkers on the planet.
In 2018, Pearce participated in the NCAA College Slam Dunk Competition where he represented Purchase College. At the event, Pearce threw down some of the most prolific dunks – one of which included a one-handed self-alley-oop slam dunk while filming himself with a cell phone camera. Pearce came shy of winning the competition by mere decimal points, but his unique showmanship and style made him one of the most notable athletes of the entire competition.
A standout student-athlete at Purchase College in Harrison, N.Y., Pearce captained the men’s basketball team his senior year. He also studied Economics and earned a spot at one of the top finance internships in the country (via Forbes.com). He made the dean’s list on numerous occasions as well as multiple honor roll lists throughout his collegiate career.
Sporting a 48-inch vertical, he grew up idolizing NBA greats like Vince Carter and Nate Robinson. As a kid, he recalls watching videos of Carter’s slam dunks on the internet and then going outside to attempt them himself.
His passions outside of basketball include riding his unicycle, playing chess, drawing and inspiring kids via social media. Pearce runs a non-profit organization which aims at giving aspiring young athletes the resources necessary to become successful on and off the basketball court