ATLANTA – The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, who are preparing to enter their 93rd season of entertaining fans around the world, unveiled its 10-player rookie class for 2019, which includes a Minneapolis native.
DeShun “Springs” Patterson earned national recognition for his leaping ability after representing his college, Tabor (Kan.) College, in the 2018 College Slam Dunk Competition, where he went head-to-head with some of the best dunkers in the country. The 5’9” Minneapolis native made it all the way to the semifinals of the competition where he was bested out by his new fellow teammate and rookie, Max “Hops” Pearce. Patterson joins the Globetrotters after a career at Tabor College where he averaged 12.2 points per game his senior campaign, earned all-conference honors and led the Bluejays to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament. Patterson played his high school ball at Bloomington Kennedy High School.
Included in the class are new players, including “Sweet Lou II” Dunbar, the son of Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, and Lili Thompson, a member of Notre Dame’s women’s national championship team last season who previously led Stanford to the women’s Final Four as well. Patterson, Dunbar and Thompson are joined by eight other players who are joining the Globetrotters.
Since the team’s inception in 1926, the Globetrotters have played before millions of fans in 123 countries around the world. 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 nine decades.