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Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-The Harlem Globetrotters will become the first team in history to receive the John Bunn Award during this year's Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 30th in Springfield, MS. The award is named for the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee (1949-69). The award, instituted by the Basketball Hall's Board of Trustees in 1973, annually honors a national or international figure who has contributed greatly to the game of basketball. Some of the previous recipients of the award are: John Wooden, Bob Cousy, Arnold "Red" Aurebach, and Curt Gowdy.
Chicago, IL(OTW)-Sammy Sosa hit his 60th homerun of the season Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sosa became the first player ever to hit 60 or more homers in two consecutive seasons.
The Bruin Report
Pickup Game at UCLA Draws Interesting Cast of Characters
Los Angeles, CA-As noted, the pick-up games continue in the Men's Gym. Monday's games sported the best talent we have seen in some time, including Magic Johnson (who could easily still play in the NBA), John Salley, Olden Polynice, Howard Eisley, Benoit Benjamin, and ex-Bruins Baron Davis and Pooh Richardson. Of course, all of the current Bruins were playing, with Matt Barnes drawing the unenviable task of covering Magic. The pros, usually in "NBA-glide" mode, seemed to be playing a little harder than usual. Could it have been because Jerry West and Elgin Baylor were looking on? For those concerned (and ranting on the Internet chat boards about it) with the players merely playing pick-up games all summer, be advised that they do other things. The players work with personal trainers and coaches (since the UCLA coaches cannot work with them under NCAA rules), and lift weights constantly. And while the pick-up games might not perfectly simulate actual game conditions, they are a needed part of an off-season program. The players learn to play as a unit, compete against some of the best players in the world, and work on timing, shooting, passing, defense and get in great shape for the upcoming season. Definitely time well spent.
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Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-The Harlem Globetrotters have broken camp with their 1999 roster. It included three former HBCU players. They are: Matt Jackson--Savannah State, '83, Clyde Sinclair--North Carolina Central, '80, and Otis Key--Lincoln, '96.
Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres got his 3,000th career hit Friday night at Montreal. The Padres beat the Expos as Gywnn got the hit in the first inning off of Montreal rookie Dan Smith. Gwynn became the first person in 20 years to get to the 3,000 hit mark. The last person to do it was Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979.
Oakland A's' veteran Tim Raines has been diagnosed with lupus. Raines will miss the rest of the season.
NBA Trade Rumors
NBA trade rumored to have fallen through: The Wolves were to send Terrell Brandon to Indiana by way of a sign-and-trade. As part of the three-team deal, the Wolves would get Vancouver's No. 2 pick in order to take Baron Davis from UCLA; Vancouver was to get the Wolves' No. 6 and either of the Pacers' Dale Davis or Antonio Davis.
Rumor II: Toronto trades its No. 5 pick and Tracy McGrady to Chicago for the Bulls' No. 1. Chicago trades the No. 5 to Boston for Ron Mercer, and the Celtics use the No. 5 to pick Szczerbiak. The Timberwolves trade their No. 6 pick and Anthony Peeler to Toronto for ex-Gopher John Thomas and the Raptors' two first-round picks next year, one of which was acquired from Minnesota as part of the Bobby Jackson-Dean Garrett trade. Toronto uses the No. 6 to take Bender. The Raptors use the No. 1 they receive from Chicago to pick point guard Steve Francis from Maryland.
Rumor III: Ex-Gopher Sam Jacobson of the Los Angeles Lakers ends up with Vancouver as part of a convoluted, three-team deal that includes Orlando, with Baron Davis ultimately ending up with the Lakers.
Landover, MD(OTW)-Nigeria made history last Sunday in the Women's World Cup by becoming the first African team to advance to the quarterfinals of Cup action. Nigeria defeated Denmark 2-0 last Sunday, and will take on Brazil Thursday in Landover, in its push to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics. 23 June
Chicago, IL(OTW)-Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly scored two of four goals in first period play, as the USA crushed Nigeria 7-1 in women's World Cup action.
Nikiru Okosieme scored Nigeria's only goal at the second minute of the first period.
Los Angeles, CA(OTW)-Rita Nwadike scored a goal at the 79th minute to snap a 1-1 tie, which gave Nigeria a 2-1 win over Korea (DPR) in Women's World Cup Action Sunday. The winners will advance to take on the USA Thursday in Chicago.
Foxboro, MS(OTW)-Nana Gyamfua scored a goal at the 76th minute to give Ghana a 1-1 tie with Australia. Ghana will play China in Portland on Wednesday.
Odum Going Pro... VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lamar Odom, a likely early pick in the upcoming NBA draft, is looking for a new agent and still intends to turn pro, his college coach said Wednesday.
"He needs new representation, and I'm the closest thing to a father figure that he's had in his life, and he needed a hug and to let him know that he's OK," Rhode Island coach Jerry DeGregorio said.
"He hasn't pulled himself out of the draft. There's a lot of speculation out there, but his name is in the draft," DeGregorio said from his office in Rhode Island.
Odom's availability in the draft was questioned after he skipped a league-wide physical in Chicago last weekend and canceled a workout with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Then he turned up on Rhode Island's campus Sunday.
Hornets vice president Bob Bass said he thought Odom wanted to return to school, but didn't see how he could after signing an agent, which would jeopardize his standing as a college player under NCAA rules.
Odom was represented by New York City attorney Jeff Klein. Stu Jackson, president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies -- the only team with which Odom has worked out -- said Klein told him Wednesday he had resigned as Odom's representative.
"Lamar is meeting with me to discuss his future plans," DeGregorio said. "He's in the process of reorganizing his advisory team and at this time he is planning to schedule further workouts with NBA teams next week."
Odom, 19, announced in May his availability for the June 30 draft.
Many scouts feel the 6-foot-9 Odom, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds last season, will be a top-five pick.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SIGN TWO PLAYERS;
TEAM EXTENDS RHODES' CONTRACT AND INKS GALLOWAY
(PHOENIX, May 10, 1999) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today that they have signed rookie forward Erin Galloway and extended the contract of point guard Johnny Rhodes. Galloway is a 6-8 skywalker from the University of Hawaii, while Rhodes was recently named the Denny's Restaurant Most Valuable Player of the 1999 College All-Star Series. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not announced.
"Erin and Johnny are two outstanding players that are exciting to watch," said Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters. "Galloway is a tremendous jumper and shot blocker who will only get better with time, while Rhodes proved his ability as a team leader, both offensively and defensively, during the recent College All-Star Series."
Possessing a 48-inch vertical jump, Galloway was one of the most talented leapers in all of college basketball in 1998-99. The 23-year-old averaged 5.5 points per game while tying for the team lead with 33 blocked shots as a senior at Hawaii. As a junior he was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Newcomer and Defensive teams, averaging 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing while swatting 41 shots and recording 41 slam dunks in 29 games. A native of Marietta, Ga., Galloway played at Atlanta Metro College before enrolling at Hawaii in 1997.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leader in steals (344), Rhodes averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 assists, and 9.0 rebounds during the three-game College All-Star Series to lead the Globetrotters. A week ago (May 2), the Globetrotters completed the three-game sweep at the Firstar Center in Cincinnati, posting a 106-97 victory over the nation's top college seniors. A former standout at the University of Maryland, Rhodes was a college teammate of current Globetrotter forward Exree Hipp from 1992 to 1996.
The 1999 College All-Star Series, sponsored by Denny's restaurants, featured games in Oakland (April 25), Detroit (May 1) and Cincinnati (May 2). The Globetrotters won the opener at the Oakland Arena, 108-87, and overcame a 13-point second-half deficit in Game Two to win, 99-93, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Game Three can be seen again on ESPN2 on Wednesday, May 19th at 1:30 p.m., ET.
New York(OTW)-Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 361st career homer Saturday (11th of the season) helping Seattle to crush New York 14-5 at Yankee Stadium. The homer tied Griffey with Joe DiMaggio for 45th on the all-time home-run list. Griffey is on pace to hit at least 40 home runs by the end of this season. He could possibly wind up with 400 career home runs before the season ends. Griffey will not be 30-years-old until November.
Cincinnati, OH(OTW)-Globetrotter point guard Johnny Rhodes had 26 points, 13 rebounds, as the Trotters posted a 106-97 win over the College All-Stars, sweeping the series three games to none. James Posey of Xavier led the College All-Stars with 16 points.
Auburn Hill, MI(OTW)-Jessie Drain hit a three-point field goal with 2:35 left in the contest to give the Harlem Globetrotters their first lead, and an eventual 99-93 win over the College All-Stars.
Devean George led the winners with 23 points.
College All-Star Willie Mitchell led all scorers with 28 points.
Oakland, CA(OTW)-Forward Marc Carter scored 20 points on 9-10 shooting from the floor in the game, as The Harlem Globetrotters beat the College All-Stars 108-87 in the first of a series of games between the two teams. The next contest will be May 1 in Detroit.
University of California guard Geno Carlisle led the All-Stars with 15 points and seven assists.
On 25 Apr, the Harlem Globetrotters Will Play College All-Stars In A Series of Basketball Games. Here Are The Rosters of The College All-Stars.
1999 COLLEGE ALL-STAR BIOS
BACARI ALEXANDER (University of Detroit) . A 1999 Midwestern Collegiate Conference All-Defensive team member, Alexander started all 31 games for Detroit as a senior. He averaged 7.5 points and a career-high 5.5 rebounds as the Titans reached the NCAA Tournament. During his first season with Detroit in 1997-98, Alexander cracked the starting lineup in early December and sparked the team to an 11-game winning streak. He sat out the 1996-97 campaign after transferring from Robert Morris College. Alexander was named to the Northeast Conference All-Newcomer team as a freshman after finishing second on his team in scoring (8.9 ppg), rebounding (4.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.532). Captured the Michigan Class A title and USA Today national championship as a high school freshman playing alongside current NBA stars Jalen Rose, Howard Eisley and Voshon Lenard. High School: Southwestern High School in Detroit, Mich.
LENNY BROWN (Xavier University) . A 6-2 guard, Brown served as the Musketeers' tri-captain for the third straight year in 1998-99, starting 112 straight games. He was named to the All-NIT team after averaging 19.2 points per game while leading Xavier to a 4-1 record. Brown led Xavier in scoring for the third time in four years, averaging a career-best 18.1 ppg as a senior. A long range bomber, he finished his stellar career as the Musketeers' all-time leader in three-point field goals made (236-of-646, .365-percent) and steals (242), while ranking third on the career scoring chart (1,885). Brown was twice named to the First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference team (1998-99 & 1996-97), and was named to the league's All-Rookie team as a freshman. High School: William Penn High School in New Castle, Del.
GENO CARLISLE (University of California) . The 6-3 Carlisle was the hero of the 1999 National Invitation Tournament championship game, producing a three-point play with 4.7 seconds remaining in the game to give the Golden Bears a 61-60 victory over Clemson. The NIT title was California's first postseason crown since Pete Newell coached the Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA Championship. He led Cal in scoring (15.9 ppg), assists (129), three-point field goals made (41), and minutes played (1,111) in 1998-99. Carlisle played his final two seasons at California after transferring from Northwestern University. He earned Pac-10 All-Newcomer second team honors as a junior, leading the Golden Bears in scoring with 17.9 points per game. High School: Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.
WILLIAM "BUD" ELEY (Southeast Missouri State University) . The Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1998-99, Eley is one of the nation's dominant big men. The 6-10, 260-pound center averaged a team-best 15.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.6 blocked shots per game during his senior >campaign. He finished as Southeast's all-time leading rebounder (955) and shot blocker (178) and fourth career leading scorer (1,611). Eley tallied 19 double-doubles in 1998-99 and grabbed 21 rebounds vs. Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 22nd, the third highest rebound total by a collegian this season. He is the only player in school history to score over 1,600 points and pull down over 900 rebounds. High School: Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Mich.
FRANCISCO ELSON (University of California) . A seven-foot center, Elson is an outstanding rebounder and shot blocker who played an integral role in California's 1999 NIT Championship. He averaged 5.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and shot .513-percent from the field as a senior for the Golden Bears. Elson started 13 games in his first season at Cal in 1997-98, averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 boards per game. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Golden Bear Classic as a junior. Prior to joining the Golden Bears, Elson played at Kilgore College, averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks as a sophomore. A native of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he did not begin playing basketball until the age of 15. Elson has previously participated in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in Hawaii. High School: Maria Regina M.A.V.O. in the Netherlands.
JEFF FOSTER (Southwest Texas State University) . One of college basketball's best kept secrets, Foster ranked third in the country in rebounding in 1998-99, averaging 11.3 boards per game. The 6-11 center posted back-to-back junior and senior seasons by averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. Foster averaged a career-best 14.2 ppg as a senior, following averages of 12.8 ppg and 10.2 rpg as a junior in 1997-98. He led the Bobcats in rebounding 25 times during his final campaign en route to earning All-Southland Conference honors. He ranked 17th in the nation in rebounding as a junior. High School: Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas.
ANTONIO GARCIA (Kentucky Wesleyan College) . A 6-8 workhorse, Garcia was named the 1999 NABC Division II Player of the Year after leading all Division II players in rebounding (14.6 rpg) for the second straight season. He also ranked fourth in NCAA field goal percentage (.642) and led his team in scoring (18.5 ppg) as Kentucky Wesleyan posted a 35-2 record to capture the 1999 NCAA Division II National Championship. Garcia also earned consensus first team All-American, Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and NCAA National Championship Most Outstanding Player honors as both a junior and senior. High School: Panama City, Panama.
JELANI GARDNER (Pepperdine University) . A 6-6 point guard with blazing quickness, Gardner earned All-West Coast Conference First Team honors for the second consecutive season in 1998-99. He led Pepperdine in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (147), steals (40), three-point field goals (35), and minutes played (1,044) as a senior. Gardner played his first two seasons (1994-96) at the University of California and averaged 10.7 points per game as a freshman en route to earning honorable mention Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman honors. As a prep standout, he was a USA Today First Team All-America selection. High School: St. John Bosco High in West Covina, Calif.
JERMAINE JACKSON (University of Detroit) . The 1998-99 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and also a member of the league coaches' All-Defensive Team, Jackson averaged a career-best 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Titans as a senior. He was named Most Valuable Player of UTEP's Sun Classic after leading Detroit to the championship. Jackson led Detroit as a junior with 17 points in an upset win over Big Ten champion Michigan State. The 6-4 guard was a four-year starter at Detroit and the heart of the Titan backcourt. Jackson was just the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 points and over 400 assists in a career. High School: Finney High School in Detroit, Mich.
JASON KLEIN (Michigan State University) . A 6-7 shooting guard, Klein was Michigan State's top three-point scoring threat as the Spartans won the Big Ten Conference and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1998-99. He averaged 9.4 points and sank a team-high 46 three-pointers to finish third on the school's all-time list with 152. The co-captain scored a season-high 22 points on Feb. 16 to key an important conference win against Purdue. Klein earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a junior after posting career highs of 11.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 69 three-point field goals made. High School: Grosse Ile High School in Grosse Ile, Mich.
J.R. KOCH (University of Iowa) . The co-winner of Iowa's Best Defensive Player award, Koch led the team with a career-high 32 blocked shots to finish fifth on the school's all-time list (92). He also ranked second in scoring (10.2 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.2 rpg) as the Hawkeyes advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. At 6-10, Koch is equally effective from the outside, hitting 24-of-62 (.387 percent) of his three-point attempts. Recorded career highs of 36 assists and 4.3 rpg as a sophomore in 1996-97. He appeared in all 125 games during his four years at Iowa, finishing with an impressive career field goal percentage of .509. High School: Morton High School, Morton, Ill.
ARTHUR LEE (Stanford University) . One of the nation's top point guards, Lee was Stanford's second-leading scorer (13.1 ppg) and the Pac-10's top free throw shooter (.886-percent) in 1998-99. The 6-1 playmaker is only the third player in Pac-10 history to win back-to-back free throw titles, accomplishing the feat as a junior and senior. As a junior, he helped propel the Cardinal to the NCAA Final Four, averaging 20.6 points and 5.6 assists per game during Stanford's five NCAA Tournament games. Lee tallied 1,229 career points and played in 126 games at Stanford. High School: North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
MELVIN LEVETT (University of Cincinnati) . A 6-3 guard from Cleveland, Levett was a crowd favorite and human highlight film at Cincinnati with his impressive 43-inch vertical leap. He was the Bearcats' chief outside scoring threat and finished his career fourth on the school's chart in three-point field goals made, attempted, and percentage (164-of-471, .348-percent). Levett, who averaged a career-best 14.2 points per game in 1998-99, finished his Cincinnati career with 1,119 points. He was named co-captain of the 1999 College All-Star roster on March 30th. High School: Euclid Senior High in Cleveland, Ohio.
QUINCY LEWIS (University of Minnesota) ... A 6-7 guard/forward, Lewis led the Big Ten Conference in scoring and finished third in the nation by averaging 23.1 points per game in 1998-99. He led the Gophers in scoring in 22-of-28 games during his senior campaign, including a stretch of 20 straight games. A versatile scorer, Lewis ranked second in scoring as a junior at Minnesota, averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per outing. He was nicknamed "Instant Offense" for his play off the bench during his first two college seasons and was a vital member as a sophomore during the Gopher's run to the Final Four. Lewis played in 127-of-130 career games and finished seventh on Minnesota's all-time chart with 1,614 points. High School: Parkview High School in Little Rock, Ark.
GARY LUMPKIN (Xavier University) . A three-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection, Lumpkin started his final 118 games at Xavier, which is three shy of the school record. The 6-2 guard led the Musketeers in assists all four years, while finishing 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,507 points (12.3 ppg) and second with 219 career three-pointers made. He recorded career highs of 14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 34.6 mpg, 139 field goals made, 70 three-pointers made and .823 free throw percentage as a sophomore in 1996-97, earning first team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Xavier compiled a 78-34 record when Lumpkin and high school teammate Lenny Brown started in the backcourt. High School: William Penn High School in New Castle, Del.
WILLIE MITCHELL (University of Alabama-Birmingham) . Mitchell overcame season-ending foot surgery during his junior season to average a career-high 10.0 points in 32 games in 1998-99. Playing mainly off the bench, he ranked second on the team in blocked shots (17) and field goals made (222), while pulling down 4.3 rebounds per contest. The 6-8 forward averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as a junior after sitting out the 1996-97 campaign as a transfer. Mitchell played his first two seasons at the University of Michigan, where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds over 56 games. As a prep, he was a member of two state championship teams and was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball as a senior in 1994. High School: Pershing High School in Detroit, Mich.
RICKY MOORE (University of Connecticut) ... The defensive hero in UConn's win over Duke in the 1999 NCAA Final Four Championship game, the 6-2 Moore is regarded as one of the nation's top defensive stars. Moore tallied 13 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of action in the victory over the Blue Devils. He has been the Huskies co-captain for the past three seasons and finished as the school's all-time leader in games played with 134. Moore averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest as a senior, ranking second on the team in both assists (131) and steals (39). During one stretch in 1998-99, he made 29 consecutive free throws to rank third longest in UConn history. High School: Westside High School in Augusta, Ga.
ADEMOLA OKULAJA (University of North Carolina) . A rangy 6-9 forward, Okulaja led the Tar Heels in scoring (13.9 ppg), rebounding (8.4 rpg), three-point field goals (59) and steals (46) in 1998-99. No other player in North Carolina history has led the team in those four categories. He appeared in 139 career games for the Tar Heels, never missing a contest and totaling 1,254 points and 890 rebounds. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Okulaja was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team and All-ACC Tournament Team as a senior. He earned second-team All-ACC Tournament honors as a junior and was named the ACC's Most Underrated Player by The Sporting News in 1997-98. High School: John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany.
JAMES POSEY (Xavier University) . Despite playing only three seasons at Xavier, Posey ranks eighth all-time with 801 rebounds (8.4 rpg) and 12th with 1,455 points (15.3 ppg). He recorded career highs in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg), steals (102), blocked shots (34) and three-point field goal percentage (.366) as a senior, while earning first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors and the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year award. The 102 steals were a Xavier record. Posey also ranked third in the conference in field goal percentage (.488) and fourth in free throw percentage (.814), including making a school-record 31 foul shots in a row. Other honors for Posey throughout his career included the A-10 Sixth Man award in 1996-97 and 1997-98 and the 1998 A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. The 6-8 forward won a gold medal as a key member of Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games. High School: Twinsburg R.B. Chamberlin in Cleveland, Ohio.
KAREEM REID (University of Arkansas) . The 5-11 point guard finished his career as Arkansas' all-time leader in assists with 748 and ranks second on the Southeastern Conference career chart. Reid also placed third on the UA and SEC all-time steals lists with 251, while ranking 13th at his school in career scoring (1,475). He averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 assists as a senior to earn NABC Division 9 second team honors. Reid's 2.48 assists-to-turnover ratio led the SEC in 1998-99. He also led the conference in assists (5.7 apg) as a sophomore and was named SEC Newcomer of the Year in 1995-96 after establishing Razorbacks records of 219 assists and 6.6 apg. High School: St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, N.Y.
ANTONIO REYNOLDS-DEAN (University of Rhode Island) . The top free throw shooter (.712-percent) and second-leading scorer (13.2 ppg) and rebounder\ (6.7 rpg) for Rhode Island in 1998-99, Reynolds-Dean was an All-Atlantic 10 Tournament selection as a senior. The 6-7 forward set a conference >tournament record with a 10-for-11 performance (.909) from the field against George Washington on March 5th. Reynolds-Dean was the Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Year in 1995-96, averaging 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. He tallied 1,566 career points (12.3 ppg) and 1,022 career rebounds (8.0 rpg) at Rhode Island. High School: Frederick Douglass High in Atlanta, Ga.
PETER SAUER (Stanford University) . An outstanding leader, Sauer was Stanford's co-captain in 1998-99 where he played both the small and power forward positions. The 6-7 leaper averaged 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds as a senior, scoring in double figures in 13 games. Sauer started his last 95 games at Stanford, helping the Cardinal to a 76-19 record in those outings. Overall, he played in 124 contests in his career, ranking fourth all-time in Stanford history. Sauer connected on 87-of-247 shots from beyond the >three-point line during his career (.352-percent). His father Mark is the president of the NHL's St. Louis Blues and CEO of the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Mo. High School: Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa.
ERIC SCHRAEDER (St. Mary's College) . As a senior, Schraeder became the first Gael to be named West Coast Conference Player of the Year since Steve Gray in 1962. The 6-9 forward led the league in scoring in 1998-99 for all games, averaging 19.8 points per game, and also averaged a team-high 6.1 rebounds. He established a school record with eight three-pointers against Iowa State on Nov. 25, 1998, en route to a career-high 30 points. Schraeder broke the school's single-season scoring record as a senior with 614 points. He also was named to the WCC All-Academic Team for the fourth straight year and ranks second on the Gaels' career chart for three-pointers with 170. High School: Manual High School in Denver, Col.
ANTONIO SMITH (Michigan State University) . A team captain for the Spartans, Smith led Michigan State in rebounding (8.4 rpg) for the third consecutive season in 1998-99, as his team advanced to the NCAA Final Four. He averaged 6.5 points per game as a senior, shooting .535-percent from the floor. The >6-8 forward led the Big Ten in rebounding as a sophomore (10.6 rpg) en route to earning third team All-Big Ten Conference honors. His older brother Fernando is a defensive end for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. High School: Flint Northern High School in Flint, Mich.
COBY TURNER (University of Dayton) . A deadly long-range shooter, Turner averaged 9.7 points and a career-high 5.6 rebounds in 1998-99. He converted 51-of-136 three-point attempts (.375-percent) after ranking second in the nation and setting a school record as a junior by shooting .520-percent (58-for-112) from beyond the arc. Turner also posted personal bests in scoring (13.3 ppg), assists (60), field goals made (147) and field goal percentage (.455) during the 1997-98 campaign, earning the Atlantic 10 Conference's Chris Daniels Award for the most improved player in the league. Nicknamed "The Cobra," Turner attended Hargrave Military Academy near Danville, Va. for a year after high school, leading the school in scoring (16.5 ppg) and grabbing 6.1 rpg. High School: Lee High School in Springfield, Va.
GERALD ZIMMERMAN (University of San Francisco) . A 6-6 forward, Zimmerman became the first USF player to lead the West Coast Conference in scoring (19.9 ppg) during league play since Quentin Dailey in 1982. He was named Unanimous All-West Coast Conference, averaging 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in all games. As a senior, he scored 31 points to lead USF over St. Louis and tallied 18 points in an upset win over Xavier. In just two seasons at USF he tallied 114 three-pointers. Prior to joining San Francisco, Zimmerman played two seasons at Ventura Junior College, where he led them to back-to-back state JC championships. High School: Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla.
New York, NY(OTW)-Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, and Duante Culpepper were part of history Saturday. They were all picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. It marked the first time that the National Football League (NFL) picked three Black quarterbacks in the first round of the draft. It also marked the first time the two Black quarterbacks were taken in the first three picks of the draft. McNabb (from Syracuse)was the second picked of the selection, taken by the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith (from Oregon) was the third pick of the selection, chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals. Culpepper (Central Florida) was the 11th pick of the draft, taken by the Minnesota Vikings.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-Harlem Globetrotters owner Mannie Jackson has been invited to sit on a council with Prince Charles of Wales and Tony Banks (Minister of Sport in England). The council, starting on April 27, will examine how major sporting organizations can help combat racism, and also how top level sports people can "put spmething back into the community." Both issues are currently at the top of the national media and business agenda in the United Kingdom.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SIGN POINT GUARD REGGIE GEARY
(PHOENIX, March 22, 1999) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team has signed point guard Reggie Geary, a former standout at the University of Arizona and a 1996 second-round NBA Draft pick. The signing was announced by team Owner and Chairman Mannie Jackson. Per club policy, terms of the deal were undisclosed.
"Reggie is an outstanding guard," said Jackson, who now has signed two former NBA Draft picks this month (6-9 forward Mark Sanford on March 2nd). "He has proven that he can run an offense effectively and distribute the ball at a high level. We are excited to have him join our team and we anticipate that our fans will enjoy his style of play."
A 6-2 playmaker, Geary has appeared in over 100 NBA career games with Cleveland and San Antonio, playing a season-high 62 games with the Spurs in 1997-98. The 25-year-old, who was born in Trenton, N.J., was a high school standout at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif., before enrolling at Arizona.
For more information on the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the team's official web site at www.harlemglobetrotters.com
GLOBETROTTERS TO HONOR BERNIE PRICE IN CHICAGO ON FEB. 26;
PIONEER OF RACIAL INTEGRATION TO RECEIVE "LEGENDS" RING
(PHOENIX, FEB. 18, 1999) - One of professional basketball's original pioneers will be honored by the Harlem Globetrotters during a special "Legends" ceremony at Rosemont Horizon in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 26th. Bernie Price, who will be presented his ring by Globetrotters Owner and Chairman Mannie Jackson, will be just the 14th person to receive the distinguished Harlem Globetrotter Legends award.
"Bernie Price was one of the original pioneers of professional basketball who deserves strong consideration for induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame," said Jackson, who purchased the Globetrotters in 1993. "He was an outstanding player with strong character."
Created in 1993, the prestigious "Legends" ring is presented to those who have made a major contribution to the success and development of the Globetrotters organization. A special advisory board selects the honoree who has excelled in athletic ability and off the court with humanitarian contributions.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Price moved to Chicago as a teenager and quickly became known in basketball circles as an outstanding, quick and powerful forward/center. The Harlem Globetrotters signed the 6-3 « standout in the mid-1930's and he toured with the team for over 10 years. Price played in the annual World Professional Basketball tournament with the Globetrotters over a seven-year span (1939-45), and helped the team capture their first World Championship in 1940 with a 31-29 win over George Halas' Chicago Bruins.
The 83-year-old enjoyed one of his finest basketball campaigns during the 1941-42 season when he scored over 3,000 points in a 104-game Globetrotter season, an incredible achievement during an era of low scoring games. Price joined the National Basketball League (the predecessor to today's NBA) in 1942 as a member of the Chicago Studebakers for one season. Price started at forward for the Studebakers and led the league in free throws made during his lone NBL season.
The Studebakers were the pioneers of racial integration, as nine of the 13 players on the roster in 1942-43 were African Americans. The NBL and the Studebakers were years ahead of professional baseball and football for breaking the color barrier. The 1950-51 season marked the first appearance of black players in the NBA, as Harlem Globetrotter Chuck Cooper became the first black player to be drafted in the NBA by Boston and teammate Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first to sign an NBA contract when he signed with New York.
Price joins 12 previous "Legends" player recipients, including Hubert "Geese" Ausbie (1994), Willie Gardner (1998), William "Pop" Gates (1995), J.C. Gipson (1995), Robert "Showboat" Hall (1998), Charles "Tex" Harrison (1996), Connie Hawkins (1994), Mannie Jackson (1993), Bob Karstens (1994), Junius Kellogg (1998), Fred "Curly" Neal (1993), and Lynette Woodard (1996).
-30- Do Not Forget The Kids--Special Story
by Carlton Green
Terrence Woods scored 11 points as Alcorn Middle School defeated Webber Middle 52-20. Zach Oree, Alcorn's leading scorer for the season, had 10 points. The winning Knights led 18-1 after the opening period. Terrence Harling and Ventrell Kitt had eight points each.
Lalraya Pickett poured in 22 points as Alcorn Middle defeated W.A. Perry Middle 35-29. Tiara Taylor and Laquietta Carter closed out the scoring for the winners with seven and six points respectively.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SIGN FORMER SAN DIEGO STATE STAR MARC CARTER
(PHOENIX, January 25, 1999) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today the signing of 6-8 forward Marc Carter. The former standout at San Diego State University has joined the Globetrotters as they continue their 73rd season of play.
"Marc is a physical specimen who will be a presence in the lane and on the boards," said Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Globetrotters. "He also brings to the team a personality that will rub off on fans all across the country."
After beginning his collegiate career at Southwestern (Junior) College in Chula Vista, Calif., Carter starred at San Diego State from 1993-95. He was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Newcomer team his first season before leading the Aztecs in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) as a senior. Carter started 53-of-56 games during his career at San Diego State.
Carter has spent most of the last three years overseas, playing professionally in France, Brazil and China. He also spent a portion of his rookie campaign with San Diego of the Continental Basketball Association.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS PLAY AMID ARKANSAS TORNADOES; VETERAN COACH TEX HARRISON WITNESSES FIRST-EVER ENCOUNTER
(PHOENIX, January 22, 1999) - After playing or coaching in more than 8,500 Harlem Globetrotter basketball games over the past 38 years, Charles "Tex" Harrison had thought he had witnessed just about everything. However, the scene in Little Rock, Arkansas, last night provided a new encounter for the veteran coach of the Globetrotters, as tornadoes slashed across the state leaving thousands without electricity and several families with damaged homes.
The Globetrotters were in Little Rock on Thursday night to play their annual game at Barton Coliseum, scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. When the Globetrotters left their hotel for the coliseum, the team was fully aware of the tornado warnings issued to more than half of the state's 75 counties, but they had no idea what the dramatic evening ahead would bring.
"At approximately 6:10-6:15 p.m., four tornadoes were spotted in the immediate area of the building, within a one-to-two mile radius and the sirens were blaring," said Jeff Bowers, assistant general manager of the Barton Coliseum. "So we told everyone, including the players, to move to the center of the basketball court and wait it out. After surveying the surrounding area this morning, I think we are all so very lucky to even be here today. We knew there was damage around us but not so close, probably about 200-to-250 yards away from us you could see the damage."
"That was the first time I have ever been through an experience like that, and I have been around this world quite a few times," said Harrison, who signed with the Globetrotters in 1954 as a player. "They brought us out of the locker room to the center of the floor with all of the fans and you could hear it howling outside like a freight train. I've played under adverse conditions before, but never something like that. Our players were apprehensive at first, but once everyone was together on the court with the fans, it was just like one big family. In fact, I think some of the fans forgot about the weather outside because they were able to meet and talk to our players."
Despite the inclimate weather and less than normal conditions, the game was completed after a 40-minute delay as the majority of the crowd stayed to watch the Globetrotters play. Tonight Harrison will guide the Globetrotters against the New York Nationals in San Jose, Calif., leaving his thoughts and prayers behind with the families and friends in Arkansas.
Starkville, MS(OTW)-University of Arkansas head basketball coach Nolan Richardson became the school's all-time winningest head coach Wednesday night when his team beat Mississippi State 61-59. The win gave Richardson 326 victories at the school, pushing him one win by Glen Rose.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS PREPARE FOR THREE-GAME SERIES AGAINST COLLEGE
ALL-AMERICANS IN SPRING OF '99
(PHOENIX, January 13, 1999) - Harlem Globetrotters Owner and Chairman Mannie Jackson announced today the team is set to take on a squad of collegiate All-Americans during a competitive three-game series this spring, reconvening a tradition that began almost 50 years ago.
Cities and dates are still being negotiated for the series, with one of the games scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. The series is the first of its kind since April 19th, 1997, when the Globetrotters defeated a group of first-round NBA draft picks from the Desert Classic, 126-114, in Phoenix. Current Globetrotter forward Michael St. Julien recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and five steals to capture Most Valuable Player honors for the game.
"The game with the Harlem Globetrotters was one of the funnest of my career," said guard Bobby Jackson, a 1997 first-round NBA draft pick who is now a member of the Denver Nuggets. "While those guys are out there putting on a show, you have to respect their playing ability. They are great athletes as well as entertainers."
The original World Series of Basketball against the college all-stars began in 1950. The initial game, featuring Globetrotter legends Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, Marques Haynes and Inman Jackson, and Bob Cousy before he became a star for the Boston Celtics, drew more than 18,000 fans in Chicago. It was followed by a crowd of better than 40,000 people during the first-ever night game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
GLOBETROTTERS PROMOTE "GEESE" AUSBIE TO VICE PRESIDENT;
VETERAN GUARD REGGIE DIXON NAMED HEAD COACH
(PHOENIX, January 12, 1999) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team has promoted Hubert "Geese" Ausbie to a new vice president role with the team and named Reggie Dixon head coach. The announcement was made by Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the organization.
Ausbie, who has served as a player and coach with the Globetrotters for over 30 years, will now serve as Vice President of Global Ambassadors. In his new role, the 60-year-old will be involved in a variety of marketing, ambassadorial, and summer youth camp initiatives. In addition, the Little Rock, Ark. resident will continue to train and critique the team's showmen, a role Ausbie held and gained international fame with the Globetrotters from 1961 to 1985.
"This is a reward and much-deserved promotion for one of the top people ever to be associated with the Globetrotters," said Jackson, who purchased the Globetrotters in 1993. "Geese was a valuable member to the team as a player and a coach, and will now be even more valuable in his new role as a corporate vice president."
One of the most gifted players to ever don the red, white, and blue, Ausbie was a multi-sport standout at Philander Smith College before joining the Globetrotters in 1961. He retired from playing in 1985 and began coaching the Globetrotters in 1995. Ausbie ran a national drug awareness program for children from 1985 to 1995.
A member of the Globetrotters for the past eight seasons, Dixon takes over the head coaching reigns of the Globetrotters. The 6-0 guard has served as a player/assistant coach for the past two seasons and is also one of the organization's top marketing ambassadors. The 34-year-old is known as a student of the game and is a renowned motivational speaker and basketball clinician.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SIGN ROOKIE GUARD JAMAR CURRY
(PHOENIX, January 4, 1999) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today the signing of 6-1 guard Jamar Curry. The rookie out of the University of Oregon joins the Globetrotters for their 73rd consecutive season of play.
"Jamar is raw talent and pure energy on the court, which rubs off on his teammates and fans," said Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Globetrotters. "His background is also impressive, having come from one of the nation's finest high school programs (St. Anthony's in Jersey City, N.J.) and a quality university like Oregon."
One of the most athletic players to ever suit up at Oregon, Curry posted career highs in blocked shots (12) and assists (55) as a senior in 1997-98. He was a two-time winner of the team's John Warren Most Inspirational Award for his enthusiasm and efforts, and also received Best Defensive Player honors as a sophomore while recording personal bests in scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage.
TRACK LEGEND JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE TO BE NAMED
"HONORARY HARLEM GLOBETROTTER" AT JANUARY 8 GAME
(PHOENIX, December 23, 1998) - Track & field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee will become the sixth person ever to be named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter" during the team's annual tour stop at Kiel Center in St. Louis on January 8th. The announcement was made today by Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Globetrotters.
"We feel this is a fitting tribute to honor the outstanding career of Jackie Joyner-Kersee," said Jackson, a native of Edwardsville, Ill., who purchased the team in 1993. "She has represented her country and sport in an exemplary way, serving as a role model for millions of people. The Harlem Globetrotters are proud to welcome her into the family."
Joyner-Kersee has represented the United States in the last four Summer Olympics, capturing three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the long jump and heptathlon competitions. She has also won four gold medals in the World Championships and was selected the International Amateur Athletic Federation Female Athlete of the Year in 1994 and the winner of the 1986 Sullivan Award, the most prestigious amateur athletic award.
"It is a great honor to be involved with an institution like the Harlem Globetrotters," said Joyner-Kersee. "I look at the Globetrotters as an institution because they have demonstrated their fortitude and credibility as a world-class team. They have shown themselves to be a quality organization with staying and rebound skills."
A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Joyner-Kersee established the current world heptathlon record at the 1988 Olympics and owns the American long jump record. She attended UCLA on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1985 with a degree in History.
Only five other people have been bestowed an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter" during the 72-year history of the team. Dr. Henry Kissinger became the first recipient in 1976 and was followed by comedian Bob Hope in 1977, actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg in 1989, Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following his retirement in 1989, and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in 1996.
Palo Alto, CA(OTW)-The American Basketball League (ABL) announced Tuesday that it was ceasing operations and filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The league, which was formed in 1995, and began play in 1996 shut down operations because of a lack of funds. The ABL was unable to secure sponsorship that the NBA-bankrolled WNBA was able to do. All games have been cancelled and players will be paid at least through December.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-Glen Francis, Trent Pulliam, and Exree Hipp are the latest in the signees with the Harlem Globetrottters. Hipp, 6-9, is a former Maryland standout. Pulliam, 6-9, played ball at Jackson State. Francis is a 5-10 point guard who attended New Haven.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ADD TWO TO FRONT OFFICE STAFF;
HAMMONDS ADDED TO MARKETING AND BRANCH JOINS OPERATIONS
(PHOENIX, Dec. 8, 1998) - The Harlem Globetrotters announced today the addition of two new staff members to the team's front office. The new additions include Mike Hammonds and Joe Branch. The announcement was made by Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Globetrotters.
A new addition to the marketing staff, Hammonds brings over 10 years of sales and marketing experience to the Globetrotters. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, his background also includes serving as a hospital youth counselor and a program director for troubled and abused children. Hammonds also spent five years touring as a professional basketball player with the legendary Marques Haynes. A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Hammonds and his wife Julie have three children and reside in Houston.
A native of Houston, Branch joins the Globetrotters operations department after earning a degree in Communication Studies at Northwestern University. The 22-year-old was a three-year basketball starter at Northwestern, appearing in 107 career games for the Wildcats from 1994 to 1998. He enjoyed his finest college campaign in 1995-96, starting 24-of-27 games and averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Branch prepped at Kinkaid High School in Houston where he was a two-time all-state and all-city selection.
The Globetrotters will tip-off their 1999 tour on Friday, December 18 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando. The first game of the tour will be taped for a special holiday themed game, airing on ESPN2 on December 24th at 8:00 p.m., ET.
From the Desk of the Superscout
NEW YORK -- It's called the January Theory, and it holds that the NBA lockout will last at least another five weeks.
It could be that they don't meet for another month," agent Steve Kauffman said Sunday. "I've been telling my players for the past couple of weeks that they shouldn't expect to play until mid-January at the earliest."
With negotiations stalled and the players believing the owners are trying to further test their resolve, it appears that commissioner David Stern is following a lockout calendar similar to the one employed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 1994-95 lockout, which wasn't settled until Jan. 13.
The hockey lockout included a period from Dec. 6-Jan. 7 in which no talks were held. The sides then made "final" offers and "final-final" offers before a marathon negotiating session settled it.
It would take another three weeks of lockout limbo to match that month lull. So far, the sides in the NBA dispute have gone 10 days since their last full bargaining session, and that 9®-hour meeting was the only one the sides had in November.
Currently, the owners and players are at odds over whether there will be preconditions for a resumption.
˜ Earliest estimated date the season could start: Jan. 1.
About 120 players participated in a conference call Saturday and were brought up to date on the stalemate, a union spokesman said.
Monday will mark the second missed payday for the players, and a new month will begin Tuesday with the outlook bleak. Millions of dollars have been lost, the fans are upset and the long-term damage could be worse than expected.
Stern and deputy commissioner Russ Granik have staunchly refused to set a "drop dead" date for saving the season, although they have alluded to mid-December being the ballpark date.
That vague deadline could be extended, however, if Stern backs off his insistence upon having the deal put on paper and ratified -- a process that could take 2-3 weeks -- before the lockout would be lifted.
"If they back off that 2-3 weeks, it's a different story. Then the January theory makes a lot of sense," said Kauffman, who represents 19 players. "And remember, we can go from a doomsday scenario to a settlement in a matter of 2-3 days."
Stern and Granik have said four weeks would be needed from the time a deal was reached until the season could begin, but in reality that window could be shrunk to three weeks -- and maybe as few as 18-20 days -- to allow for free agent signings, trades and training camps to take place.
So if an agreement were reached Jan. 4, for instance, and the signing-training camp period was shrunk to 20 days, the season would begin Sunday, Jan. 24 -- one week before the Super Bowl and one week after NBC was scheduled to begin its weekly telecasts.
Each team would then be able to play a 46- or 48-game season, but only if two weeks were added on to the end of the regular season in April.
In a story from the Associated Press, Dwight Manley, agent of basketball star Dennis Rodman said Rodman was to drunk to have gotten married last Saturday in Las Vegas. Manley stated that the basketball player was being taken advantage of. Rodman supposedly married actress Carmen Electra of the "Baywatch" series. Electra, whose real name is Tara Patrick, could not be reached for comment.
Manley said a couple of witnesses at the wedding phoned to tell him Rodman was intoxicated at the ceremony. Clark Country (Nevada) has a law stating that it does issue marriage licenses to people who are intoxicated. The marriage still has not been officially recorded.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)- Harlem Globetrotter standouts Paul "Showtime" Gaffney and Barry "High Rise" Hardy will be celebrity guests on London's 95.8 Capital FM radio program on Friday, November 13th. The duo will be on live with music master Dr. Neil Fox between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time, before an anticipated audience in excess of three million Londoners.
One of London's most popular radio station's, 95.8 Capital FM will be in New York City for special programming on Friday, producing Dr. Fox's program from the ABC Sound Studio. Fox is internationally known for his firm pulse on the pop world and has won seven Sony Awards, three New York World Radio Awards, and the Sony Gold Broadcaster of the Year Award.
From the Desk of the Superscout
Antonio McDyess, a 6-10 low-post player for the Phoenix Suns, has fired his agent Art Tellem and replaced him with Tony Dutt, who also represents Shawn Kemp.
How does NBA lock-out negotiations affect players like McDyess??
If a deal is reached, McDyess would be one of approximately 200 free agents who would be signed during a three- to four-week period in which teams would be scrambling to get ready for opening night. McDyess, who played for the Phoenix Suns last season after spending his first two seasons in Denver, is one of the younger players who would lose a substantial amount of money under the proposal currently being offered by the league. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, McDyess would have been expected to get a seven-year contract worth about $120 million. Under the owners' latest proposal, he would qualify instead for a maximum salary equal to 25 percent of the salary cap (about $8 million), with annual raises of 10 percent. If he signed a six-year deal, it would be worth about $61 million.
Reports from several agencies (ESPN, TSN) say that New York Yankee outfielder Darryl Strawberry is broke. It is reported that the 36-year-old Strawberry owes over four million dollars in back taxes and alimony combined.
Men's Basketball Red VS. Blue Scrimmage Results
Jason Terry had a game-high 23 points.
From The Desk of the Superscout
November 3, 1998
TUCSON, Ariz- B Senior guard Jason Terry had a game-high 23 points and freshman forward Michael Wright added another 17 in leading the Blue Team to an 84-76 victory over the Red Team at Arizona's annual intrasquad Red-Blue Scrimmage at McKale Center Tuesday night.
Freshman forward Richard Jefferson paced the Red Team with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while senior center A.J. Bramlett had 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Terry sparked the Blue Team with a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc as the team made 11 of 17 three-pointers. Sophomore forward Justin Wessel was one of three players to turn in a double-double performance with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Eugene Edgerson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Team.
"The new guys all played real well," said Terry. "I must be patient because when I get frustrated they see that I get frustrated, but I have to lead the team."
Jefferson turned in one of the more impressive performances of the newcomers with several spectacular dunks mixed in with his 8-of-15 shooting. "Richard is an unbelievable player," said Wessel. "I think I have to edge up on him for a spot in the rotation because I have experience but he has more talent."
There is still much work to be done before the Wildcats open their regular season schedule against Texas in two weeks. Loren Woods was disappointed with his performance of eight points and five rebounds, and head coach Lute Olson realizes there is much more room for improvement.
"I thought we competed hard tonight, but the primary purpose of a game like this is to break it down and evaluate where we need to improve," said Olson. "As far as positions go, J.T. is our point guard, but after that we're still looking."
"The good thing is that all of these players are willing to work. We will be a good defensive team this year," said Olson.
Arizona will face Sakalai Lithuania in its first exhibition game on Sunday at 3 p.m. at McKale Center.
Abeokuta, Nigeria(OTW)-The Nigeria Super Falcons defeated the Ghana Black Queens 2-0 to win the Africa Cup of Nations Women's Soccer Championship. Nkiru Okosieme scored a goal at the 43rd minute for the winners. Stella Mbachu added a goal at the 64th minute for the champs. Both Nigeria and Ghana will represent Africa in the 1999 Women's World Cup to be played in the United States.
The winners got 100,000 naira each (86 nairia=one U.S. dollar).
Johannesburg, South Africa(OTW)-The Tunisian men and the Angolan women's team have won the 13th African handball championships. Tunisia defeated Algeria 22-17. Angola stopped Congo Brazzaville 31-23.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TO APPEAR ON "THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW"
(PHOENIX, Oct. 28, 1998) -- Four members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be appearing on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" on Wednesday, November 4, 1998, as celebrity guests.
The Globetrotters just returned from touring Europe, including stops in Beirut, Lebanon, and Croatia, and will be appearing on Rosie's television program. Joining Rosie will be Paul "Showtime" Gaffney, Michael "Wild Thing" Wilson, Dut Mayar, and Wun "The Shot" Versher. Wilson is the world record holder in the vertical slam dunk at 11 feet, 11 inches, while Mayar is the tallest player in the 72-year history of the Globetrotters at seven feet, six inches.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 120-71 VICTORY IN BEIRUT, LEBANON EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO 764 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
(PHOENIX, Oct. 26, 1998) - The Harlem Globetrotters extended their current win streak to 764 consecutive victories by defeating the top four professional teams from the Lebanese Basketball Federation on Monday in Beirut, Lebanon. Monday's game, a 120-71 Globetrotter victory at the Sports City Basketball Stadium, included play against Club Sagees, the league and regional champion and winner of the 1998 Pan Arab Championship. The game was part of the Lebanese Basketball Federation's launch of the 1998-99 season which tips-off on Oct. 28th.
The Globetrotters played the top four professional teams from the Lebanese Basketball Federation's First Division. Each club played one full quarter against the Ambassadors of Goodwill, with the Globetrotters winning each quarter.
The Globetrotters were lead by veteran guard Reggie Phillips with 34 points, while guard Wun Versher added 25 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Jerome James, a 7-1 center from Florida A&M, contributed 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots for the winners in two quarters of play.
"It is amazing how basketball has advanced tremendously around the world," said Mannie Jackson, Owner and Chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters. "We were honored to represent the United States. And, tonight, the Globetrotters played like world champions. I've never seen a partisan crowd so excited for a visiting team."
Monday's result gives the Globetrotters 19,852 career victories, just 148 wins shy of 20,000 career victories. The last loss occurred on Sept. 12, 1995, when the Globetrotters dropped a 91-85 game in Vienna, Austria, to Kareem's Abdul-Jabbar's Legendary All-Stars during an 11-game tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. The loss to Jabbar snapped a 8,829-game winning streak, dating back to Jan. 5, 1971. Overall the Globetrotters own a career won/loss record of 19,852-332 (.984 percent). No team in the history of professional sports has ever won or played this amount of games.
Since the beginning of October, the Globetrotters have been touring in Europe. In addition to Lebanon, the team has toured Finland, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. On Oct. 20th, the Globetrotters played in Croatia for the first time ever, marking the 115th country they have visited during the past 72 years.
Entering their 73rd consecutive season of play in 1999, the Harlem Globetrotters will embark on the 1999 tour in late December, touring over 200 cities in the United States and Canada.
GLOBETROTTERS TO FACE STIFF COMPETITION IN BEIRUT, LEBANON;
AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL TO HIGHLIGHT OPENING CEREMONIES
(PHOENIX, Oct. 23, 1998) - In a unique competitive format, the Harlem Globetrotters will play the top four professional teams from the Lebanese Basketball Federation's First Division on Monday, October 26th in Beirut at the Sports City Basketball Stadium. Each club will play one full quarter against the Harlem Globetrotters, who are emerging as one of the strongest teams in the world. Monday's game is part of the Lebanese Basketball Federation's launch of the 1998-99 season which tips-off on Oct. 28th.
Capping-off a highly successful tour of Europe during the month of October, the Globetrotters will face Club Sagess, Club Sportif, Club Tadamon, and Club Wardieh during Monday's game. Sagess is the No. 1 ranked team in all of Lebanon and the winners of the Pan Arab Championship, while Sportif is the No. 2 ranked team in the country. The Globetrotters will have their hands full with Sagess, as they will have to contend with 6-4 guard/forward Asha Mohammed. Mohammed, a native of Nigeria, led the Nigerian National team in scoring (17.5 points per game) during the 1998 World Basketball Championship in Athens, Greece, this past August.
Several prominent basketball figures are expected to attend Monday's activities, including Abdally Sesemoro, president of the International Basketball Association, Alain Ikra, president of the African Basketball Association, and Hasanein Amron, president of the Arab Basketball Federation. In addition, Mannie Jackson, the Owner and Chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters, will also be in attendance.
Since the beginning of October, the Globetrotters have been touring in Europe. In addition to Lebanon, the team has toured Finland, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. On Oct. 20th, the Globetrotters played in Croatia for the first time ever, marking the 115th country they have visited during the past 72 years.
Entering their 73rd consecutive season of play in 1999, the Harlem Globetrotters will embark on the 1999 tour in late December, touring over 200 cities in the United States and Canada.
From the Desk of the Superscout
The Pro Exposure Performers
October 16 - 23, 1998
For the players that made the decision to NOT go overseas and stay available in the US developemental leagues it is time for them to start picking a team. The CBA begins next month on Friday the 13th and the IBA begins Friday the 27th. Let's just all hope that there is an NBA by then for them to show their talents to. To follow is some of this weeks performances (and player moves) of those that decided not to wait and have found employment overseas.
IN THE CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
The La Crosse Bobcats signed guard Troy Nesmith, pending league approval and also signed center Mark Blount, guard Ruben Nembhard, and forward Dontonio Wingfield . . . . The Quad City Thunder traded forward Matt Steigenga to the Rockford Lightning for guard Jeff Grayer. . . The Rockford Lightning signed guards Michael Hawkins, Jeremy Veal and Jason Kimbrough.. . . The Grand Rapids Hoops traded forward Leonard White and a 1999 seventh-round draft pick to the Rockford Lightning for the rights to guard Gerald Madkins. . . The Idaho Stampede signed guards Larry Johnson and Damon Jones.
Panionios released Amal McCaskill as well as Head Coach Dendrinos. . . At Papagou, Tony White has left this team due to financial reasons . Randy Woods, last at Caja San Fernando in Spain, has been signed to replace him. . . Iraklio replaced Oliver Miller with Antonio Harvey, last at Panionios.
IN ITALY A-1
Polti Cantu' signed guard Massimiliano Romboli from Rimini. . . Gorizia signed guard Stjepan Stazic from Treviso.
At Zara Fabriano, after Sunday's game Dexter Cambridge will take a break due to knee problems and will be temporarly replaced by Keith Robinson. . . Select Avellino signed guard Roberto Fazzi.
Newcastle signed Willie Simmons.
Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Oded Katatche . . . Galil Elyon released Robyn Davis and hired Herman Alston. . . Maccabi Ashdod replaced Marvin Dixon and Eric Coates, with Stevens Wilson and Kerwin Thompson. . . Hapoel Tel Aviv - signed guard Keith Veney, as the replacement for Izett Buchanen.
Greater London - The Leopards have signed U. of Houston product Tim Moore.
IN THE PHILIPPINES
San Miguel - signed Joe Wylie and Wayman Strickland.
Zepter Slask Wroclaw re-signed American center Joe McNaull, who missed first two month of the season because of injury . . Pekaes Pruszkow signed swingman Tyrice Walker, who was with the team past four seasons. . . Notec Inowroclaw signed swingman Tyrone Thomas, who played last season in Polonia Przemysl.
THIS WEEK IN SPAIN
Two outstanding efforts came from the Fuenlabrada (99) - Murcia (93) game this week with Valimir Perasovic leading Fuenlabrada to the win with 36 points, hitting 10 of 15 from the floor and 5 of 6 from three. Tony Smith garnered runner-up honors in The Performer race in Spain with his 32 performance for Murcia. he too was hot from three knocking down 5 of 6. . . Georgia Tech's Malcolm Mackey also merited consideration for his 24 point / 14 rebound performance for Leon in their 76-81 loss to Estudiantes. Chandler Thompson had 13 for Estudiantes and Shaun Vandiver added 10.
THIS WEEK IN GREECE
Former Boston Celtic Dino Radja grabbed The Performer of the Week in Greece this week with his 24 point / 9 rebound night for Panathinaikos in their 90-75 win over Papagou. Radja hit 10 of 12 field goal attempts, handed out 2 assists, and blocked a shot. . . Buck Johnson, his last spot in the NBA with the Rockets, led Iraklis to a 68-52 win over Near East with 22 points and added 12 rebounds. Buck can still drain the three - going 2-4 from the arc - and defend, grabbing 4 steals to go with his 3 assists.
THIS WEEK IN ITALY
Mike Mitchell continues a wonderful career with his capturing of Performer of the Week in Italy this week. He scorched the nets for 34 points for Reggio Emelia in their 81-78 win over Siena. He was a perfect 10 of 10 from the line and 4 of 5 from three. Reggio Emelia got 22 points from Larry Middleton and Henry Turner. . . Henry Willams led Treviso to a 80-67 win over Polti Cantu on the strength of his 24 point, 5 steal, 3 assist performance. Loe Roe countered for Cantu with 22 points of his own.
THIS WEEK IN FRANCE
Ron Anderson grabs Performer of the Week in the LNB with his 29 point - 16 rebound outing for Montpellier in their 81-63 win over Toulouse. He was 10-19 from the floor, 6-8 from three, and 3-4 from the line. Alex Nelcha led Toulouse with 25 points, hitting 8-10 from the floor. . . Gary Alexander was runner-up scoring nearly half of his teams (Gravelines) points in their 60-87 loss to LeMans. Alexander finished with 28 points, on 10-13 shooting, and pulled down 12 rebounds. Keith Jennings led leMans with 22 points and 9 assists. . . Michael Meeks was also a candidate in The Perfomer decision for his 26 point - 11 rebound night for Besancon in their 88-73 win over Evreux.
Lagos, Nigeria(OTW)-The Falcons of Nigeria defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 6-0 Tuesday. It was their second win in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations Play. Nigeria's Patience Avre scored three goals in the win.
Lagos, Nigeria(OTW)-Cameroon sent South Africa packing 3-2 in second round action of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations Games.
Lioness Kabo Zinta snapped a 2-2 tie at the 85th minute. Cameroon advanced to play Ghana. South Africa was eliminated.
Lagos, Nigeria(OTW)-Ghana's women's national soccer team, known as The Black Queens of Ghana, whipped South Africa 4-0 in Africa Cup of Nations Play. The Black Queens were led by Alberter Sackey who scored two goals.
From the Desk of the Superscout
Donnell Harris a 6-11 reserve center for the University of Arizona has been released from the team for "failure to meet team obligations." Harris had been arrested on Aug 27 for two outstanding warrants (speeding and possession of marajuana), which he claimed were erroneously issued. On Aug 28 in a meeting with UA athletics director Jim Livengood and the basketball coaches, Livengood issued a statement saying that "the player had taken care of evrything he needs to have done." Arizona has only two players back from last year with considerable amounts of playing time.
Elsewhere...Cal-State Bakersfield freshman Tyrone Evans was aquitted Monday of rape and sexual assault charges. Evans had been accused of attacking a 21-year old woman in her room on Jan 8. Evans, a 6-6 point guard from New York, had denied the charges,saying the sex was consensual.
Lagos, Nigeria(OTW)-Nigeria's women's soccer tean, known as the Falcons, beat Morocco 8-0 in opening round play of the female African Cup of Nations Championships this past weekend. The game was played in Lagos. Rita Nwadike was among three players who scored three goals for the winners.
From the Desk of the Superscout
The Pro Exposure Performers-Players Making Moves..
October 9 - 16, 1998
IN THE INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
The Fargo Moorehead Beez signed guards Anthony Epps, De'teri Mayes and Wes Flanigan and forward Reggie Townsend.
IN THE CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
The Fort Wayne Fury signed forward Logan Vander Velden. . . . The Rockford Lightning signed guard Jason Kimbrou. . . The Idaho Stampede signed forward Shawn Igo . . . The La Crosse Bobcats traded guard Phil Handy to Fort Wayne for guard James Blackwell. They also signed center Mark Blount and guard Larry Bratcher. . .The Yakima Sun Kings traded forward Chad Gallagher to Rockford for a 1999 fourth-round draft pick. . . . The Grand Rapids Hoops signed forward Andy Poppink.
Oyak Renault - Alex Sturm, last in Korea, and center Richard Manning have replaced Ukrainian Lokhmanchuk and former North Carolina product Makhtar N'Diaye.
At Vilvoorde,Charles Burkett has replaced Tyrone Thomas. . . At Houthalen Alex Austin has replaced the injured Orlando Lightfoot.
SV Oberelchingen signed forward Shawn Moore as an replacement for Russian Dimitri Chakouline.
Bney Herzeliya - signed Terrence Rencher to replace Charley Burke.
THIS WEEK IN SPAIN
The players from the ACB made it a tough decision this week but Larry Stewart came away with Performer of the Week honors. He was the leagues top individual scorer with a 36 point effort for Girona in their 85-95 loss to Caja Cantabria. Stewart was 13 of 19 from the floor and pulled in 8 rebounds. Alberto Herros was a close second with 34 points for Real Madrid in their 100 - 97 win over Badelona. Herros was 7 of 10 from the floor and 11 of 14 from the line. Others in contention this week were: John Morton (30 points for Corivan in their 78-69 win over Caja Cantabria), Richard Scott (28 points for San Fernando in their 83-65 win over Leon), Sherron Mills ( 26 points and 14 rebounds for Manresa in their 83-74 win over the Anthony Bonner led Tau Ceramica team).
THIS WEEK IN GREECE
Dejan Bodiroga tops our list for Performer of the Week in Greece for his 31 point performance for Panathinaikos in their 81-69 whipping of Iraklis. Bodiroga was 11 of 13 from the floor and handed out 4 assists. Byron Dinkins led Iraklis with 20 points . . . Alfonso Ford was a VERY close second with 30 points, leading Sporting to a 89-86 double overtime win over Iraklio. Robinson canned 12 of his 18 field goal attempts and was 6-8 from the line. Harold Ellis led Iraklio with 25 points. . . .
THIS WEEK IN FRANCE
The Performer of the Week in France ended in a tie this week with the co winners each scoring 23 points for their respective teams. Jerome Scott led Limoges to an 80-71 win over Evreux hitting 9 of 11 from the field, grabbing 12 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists. Geoff Lear, the other recipient, knocked down 13 of his 15 foul shots enroute to his 23 points.
THIS WEEK IN ITALY
Imola's Chris Jent captures Performer of the Week in Italy with his 24 point outing for Imola in their 80-93 loss to Varese. The former Ohio State product was 6 of 8 from the three point arc and finished with 24 points. Coming in second place this week was UNCC's DeMarco Johnson who finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds in Milano's 60-54 win over Rimini.
The Harlem Globetrotters had their European tour delayed when a flight out of Oslo, Helsinki was grounded. The problem was attributed mostly to the opening of a brand new airport in Oslo.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-The Harlem Globetrotters will make history on Oct. 20 when they play in Zagreb, Croatia. It will be the first time they have played there, but it will also be the 115th country they have played in in their 72-year history.
From The Desk of the Superscout.. Insiders say Minnesota Timberwolves guard Stephon Marbury this week fired his agent, Eric Fleisher of New York, because he was unhappy Fleisher couldn't land him a satisfactory shoe endorsement deal. The word is Fleisher overstated Marbury's value for a shoe contract, and Marbury is without a deal. Fleisher and the Timberwolves were expected to have a bitter negotiation for a new contract in the coming year, and Marbury's split with the agent should improve chances of the point guard remaining in Minnesota. Fleisher still represents Wolves forward Kevin Garnett.
Phoeniz, AZ(OTW)-Globetrotter Marcus Haynes will be officially into the Basketball Hall of Fame this Saturday in Springfield, MA.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-The Harlem Globetrotters will play in Beirut, Lebanon on October 24-26. Lebanon is where the Trotters picked up their 5000th franchise victory 43 years ago, (July 15, 1955). The Trotters will be playing the Lebanese Professional All-Star Team. They have signed 6-11 Khary Stanley, a former Fresno State standout. Stanley shot 48 percent from the floor in his career at Fresno. He attended Carson High in Los Angeles, CA.
Former Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner has died. Griffith, who was 38, has succumbed due to an apparent heart seizure.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-Former Globetrotter Junius Kellogg is dead at the age of 71. Kellogg died Wednesday night of respiratory at the Bronx VA Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He was 71 years old. The 6-10 Kellogg was a 1953 graduate of Manhattan College in New York. He was the first black basketball player at the school. In 1953, he signed with the Trotters, but has his career cut short by an auto accident in 1954, which left him paralized. In 1951, Kellogg, while playing at Manhattan, refused a gambler's offer to shave points in a game. He reported it to his coach, and it led to the uncovering of a nationwide ring of point shaving. The investigation revealed that 32 players from seven national powers had fixed over 85 games between 1947 and 1950.
In 1993, Kellogg was honored with the prestigious "Legends" ring by the Globetrotters.
Phoenix, AZ(OTW)-Florida A&M's 7-1 center Jerome James has signed with the Harlem Globetrotters. James, who played on the Trotters' summer league team, and who was drafted by the NBA Sacramento Kings, became available due to the current NBA lock-out.
"Jerome has what it takes. He's a real nice fellow, not big-headed. He is real mature and will be a good fit. He has the potential to(eventually) be a top five center in the NBA. We're trying to build one of the top five basketball teams in the world. He is just a piece."--Harlem Globetrotter scout Chad Groth.The terms of James' contract were undisclosed. Other new Globetrotter signees are: Jessie Drain, 6-7 guard-forward (Houston), Chris Manuel, 6-8 guard-forward (Southwest Louisiana), Lorenza Hutchinson, 5-10 guard (Morgan State), and Robert Fairley, 6-10 center (Jackson State).
"As a former teammate, and longtime friend, I am extremely happy for Marques. Not only was he the best ball handler I have ever seen, but a great ambassador for the game of basketball around the world."---Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, former teammate and longtime friend of Marques Haynes.This year marked the first time Haynes'name had appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot.
"We plan on using this one-day, invitation only camp, to tryout some of the top rookies and free agents prior to our annual training camp in August," . "Our staff will evaluate these players in drills and game-like situations. By hosting this rookie session, our goal is to be able to invite some of the top talent in the country to our training camp in August.--Chad Groth, chief scout and manager of basketball operations for the Globetrotters.Over a dozen players have been confirmed to attend next month's first-ever rookie/free agent camp, including guards Stacey Castle (Briar Cliff College), Ahlon Lewis (Arizona State University), Marcus Moss (Cal-State Bakersfield), Kevin Norris (University of Miami), and Darecko Rawlings (University of Missouri-Kansas City). This past season, Norris was instrumental in guiding the Hurricanes to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1960, leading Miami in free throw percentage (.816), assists (138), and three-point field goal percentage (.341). In addition, the 5-9 guard was presented the team's Community Service Award by head coach Leonard Hamilton. A renowned leaper and one of the top NAIA guards in the nation in 1997-98, Castle led the Briar Cliff Chargers to the national tournament en route to earning All-America honors. The 5-10 Moss was named the 1998 CCAA Player of the Year, averaging 14.6 points and 5.1 assists per game at Cal-State Bakersfield. Frontliners Dave Brown (Western New Mexico University), Otis Key (Lincoln University), Eriq Mason (Tuskegee University), Terrance O'Kelley (Long Beach State University), Theron Wilson (Eastern Michigan University), and Marcus Young (University of Notre Dame) are also expected to participate in the prestigious camp. In addition, the Globetrotters have invited several other top collegiate players who were not selected in Wednesday's NBA Draft, including guards Gerald Brown (Pepperdine University), Earl Boykins (Eastern Michigan University), and Jeremy Veal (Arizona State University), and forwards Jerry Allen (Grand Canyon University) and Kelly Thames (University of Missouri). The inaugural rookie/free agent camp, and the FILA Summer Pro League will serve as a preview to the Harlem Globetrotters' annual training camp in August. Nearly 40 players will be invited to training camp, set to take place at the state-of-the-art Disney Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Players will be competing for 24 final roster spots for the 1999 tour that will tip-off in late December.