PHOENIX — The world famous Harlem Globetrotters held their eighth annual player draft Tuesday, selecting a host of world-class athletes.
The 10-player draft included Tyler Inman, a graduate of Savanna High School.
As a member of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Inman won the first-ever NAIA dunk contest this past March in Kansas City. He reeled off perfect scores of 50 on each of his four jaw-dropping dunks in the competition.
Inman, the 6-foot-5 product of Savanna 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.
Other draftees include Landon Donovan, the all-time leader in goals and assists for the U.S. soccer team, and Johnny Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
“We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter,” said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the Globetrotters’ director of player personnel.
“We know Landon Donovan can handle a ball, and we also know that Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”
The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment, showcasing some of the finest athletes on the planet and some of the greatest basketball ever seen. The Globetrotters represent 88 years of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game.
The team searches the four corners of the world to find superb athletes with a flair for entertainment who are also able spread joy and goodwill outside of the athletic arena via the Globetrotters’ numerous ambassadorial efforts.