Sept. 25, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Former Marshall men's basketball player Johnny Thomas is one of four new players to join the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for their much-anticipated 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour.
An official release from the Globetrotters said the following about Thomas:
"Dunking sensation Jonathan "Hawk" Thomas began his college career at North Carolina State University before transferring to Marshall University in 2010. A stellar student athlete, the 6-5 native of Morehead City, N.C., was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and the Conference USA All-Academic Team in 2011. Thomas finished his undergraduate degree in sports management in just three years and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports administration from Marshall."
Thomas averaged 9.1 points as a senior in coach Tom Herrion's first year at Marshall. He is joined by Corey "Thunder" Law (High Point), Joyce "Sweet J" Ekworomadu (Texas State) and Saul "Flip" White (Moraine Valley Community College) in the Globetrotters' rookie class.
"We are coming off our best touring year ever in 2013, with more and more fans enjoying the Globetrotters than ever before," said Globetrotters Legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, the team's director of player personnel. "The Globetrotters are primed to make 2014 even more successful, and these terrific rookies will be a big part of that success."
The Globetrotters have set over 300 box office records in North America the past five years and entertain more than three million fans annually in dozens of countries across the globe, bolstering their status as the world's premier family entertainment company.
The Globetrotters broke camp by officially tipping off their 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour with the first-ever events at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 20 and 21. Tickets for the North American leg of the tour will go on sale Oct. 7, 2013, with the tour recommencing on Dec. 26, 2013. The Globetrotters will play more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014.
The Globetrotters are currently preparing to visit Australia for the first time since 2004, with a 15-game tour of the country, beginning in October. The team will also entertain U.S. troops based overseas on their annual Holiday Military Tour before the North American tour resumes.
Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans--among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents--over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.