America’s favorite basketball comics are coming back to Louisville, when the Harlem Globetrotters stake their claim at the KFC Yum! Center Sunday, for two “games”- one at two, the other at seven.
The crowned princes of hoop comedy are actually making a three day Kentucky run that begins in Lexington on Saturday, when the team returns to Rupp Arena.
Acting as consummate good will ambassadors the Globe Trotters have quite literally circled the globe many times, and in that time the Universities of Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana have all contributed.
With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look back at these athletes, out of Louisville came big man Kendall Dartez, Guard Cameron Murray, Forward/Center Cliff Rozier, and even Cards all-star DeJuan Wheat spent some time with the Trotters. All that said, the biggest name from Louisville in the Globetrotters organization is that of Alex “Big Ticket” Sanders, who has since made his way to the Harlem Globetrotters All-Star legends team.
Kentucky brought one of the tallest Trotters of all time in Shagari “Skyscraper” Alleyne, standing at 7’3 Alleyne was not only a standout with the Cats but was a standout with any team he played for; of course for him to standout all he really needed to do was stand up. In addition Kentucky alum, Wayne Turner had a stint with Harlem that led him to a number of notable shows.
Meanwhile, from Indiana came former Hoosiers, Wally Choice (Center), Bill Garrett (Guard/Forward), and Paxter “Sugar” Lumpkin (Guard). Indiana’s Hallie Bryant might be the most notable Trotter in terms of his time with Harlem out of any three of the schools though, being given the highly prestigious Legends Award within the organization.
An organization which has been in existence since 1926 when the Chicago Globetrotters were founded, two years later the team moved to New York before making their home in Harlem in 1929. Since their inception their goal of providing family friendly entertainment hasn’t changed though, and there’s something to be said for that kind of longevity in today’s sports entertainment industry.
Image courtesy of Pace Entertainment Group  and features Alex "Big Ticket" Sanders