ACU students and the Abilene community were treated to a night of high flying aerobatics, uncanny basketball tricks, and electrifying dunks on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in a packed Moody Coliseum.
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters made a stop in Abilene to entertain fans with numerous stunts in addition to playing a pickup game of basketball.
Matthew Antwine, sophomore family studies major from Maypearl, thoroughly enjoyed the night.
“It was entertaining,” Antwine said. “They got the audience involved which was cool. The funniest part was when Big Easy got his pants pulled down and he was just in his underwear.”
This isn’t the first time the Globetrotters have made a quick visit to the ACU campus. In 2008, the exhibition team also put on a show in Moody.
The Globetrotters usually draw large crowds during their tours across the world and this was no exception. Families and college students alike, gathered together to view both a comical and creative performance.
Director of ACU Athletics, Jared Mosley, thought the event was a success.
“I thought the turnout was good considering the weather,” said Mosley. “Around 3,200 fans showed up to watch a fun performance.”
The Globetrotter’s line-up has included All-Star and Hall of Fame basketball players such as, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson.
Several of the players who showcased their abilities were Jacob “Hops” Tucker, Big Easy Lofton, Bones Millien, Tiny Sturgess, and Stretch Middleton.
“Hops” was the 2011 college slam dunk champion while attending Illinois College. He is only 5’10,” however he has a 50-inch vertical jump. In other words, he can get his eyes horizontal with the rim.
Tiny is the tallest Harlem Globetrotter in history. He stands 7’8″ and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player.
The group has been around since the late 1920’s, but weren’t known as the Harlem Globetrotters until a few years after the team was formed.
“The Globetrotters have appeared in their own movies and TV shows and have been seen by hundreds of millions of people in 120 countries,” according to the team website.
Mosley is optimistic about the possibility of the the Globetrotters returning in the near future.
“The group always tries to work Abilene into their schedule,” said Mosley. “I think they will still be interested in playing here.”
Antwine wouldn’t mind viewing another Globetrotter exhibition.
“I would definitely go see it again if they decide to come back next year.”