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Harlem Globetrotters Announce 2018 Rookie Class

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ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters look toward the 92nd season, and the start of the 2018 “Amazing Feats of Basketball” World Tour, five new stars will be making their debuts for the team when it tips-off tonight at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Fla.

The rookie class of Bulldog Mack, Hot Shot Swanson, Money Merriweather, Primetime Maberry, and Torch George, will become the latest stars to join the legacy of Globetrotters who have endeared themselves to millions worldwide.

“This is a terrific group of rookies who are going to add to what makes the Harlem Globetrotters so special,” said Globetrotters legend, Sweet Lou Dunbar, the team’s director of player personnel and head coach. “The Globetrotters have continuously thrilled and entertained crowds all over the world for over 91 years. As we get set for our 92nd season, this group is going to show why the ‘Amazing Feats of Basketball’ World Tour lives up to its name!”

As if the Globetrotters team didn’t have enough flair, Jahmani “Hot Shot” Swanson will bring that much more this season. Standing at 4-foot-5, Swanson has earned the nickname, “Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball” throughout his career. Known worldwide, he has honed his unique style of play taking on all challengers – evidenced by the many videos that have garnered attention on the internet and his social media channels – including celebrities like Jamie Foxx and athletes like Terrell Owens. A ritualistic student of the game, he studies the basketball court before each game and envisions his game plan before tip-off.

A member of the 2017 Harlem Globetrotters’ draft class this past summer along with baseball star Aaron Judge, former college football standout Tim Tebow, and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, A.J. “Money” Merriweather will bring big-time experience to the team. At East Tennessee State, he led the Buccaneers to an NCAA Tournament berth as a No. 13 seed, and went on to finish runner-up in the annual College Slam Dunk Contest during Final Four Weekend. The Medon, Tenn., native earned his degree in construction engineering.

Porter “Primetime” Maberry joins a Globetrotters roster loaded with world class dunkers. This 5-foot-5 high-flier did not take the conventional path to get to the Globetrotters. Bypassing college, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native held several jobs before trying his hand on the dunking circuit. It was there that he found his calling in basketball. He made it to

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