COURTESY OF HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, PUBLIC RELATIONS
ATLANTA, GA –The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, who are preparing to enter their 93rd season of entertaining fans around the world, today unveiled their 10-player rookie class for the 2019 Fan Powered World Tour, which is now underway and will travel to more than 250 markets throughout North America.
Former Reiver, 5'8" Dexton "Bounce" Crutchfield, joins the Globetrotters after building his reputation across the internet and national news outlets for his insane ability to leap over almost anything. Like his teammate Cherelle 'Torch George, Crutchfield joins the Globetrotters after a collegiate career in Council Bluffs, where he was part of the men's track and field team. The native of Greenville, N.C., became a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All American in the long jump, earned fourth place at the NJCAA Championship (7.34m), and jumped his personal best at 7.55 meters prior to heading into the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 2018. Crutchfield began building his reputation on Instagram for his hops in November of 2016, where he can be seen making spectacular dunks, clean jumps over 23-feet wide roads, midsized sedans, and leaping to the top of vending machines that stand 6 feet tall. In the course of a little over one year he amassed a following of more than 200,000 followers – including Drake.
Cherelle George's Globetrotters bio - https://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/torch
The entire class includes 10 exciting new players, including "Sweet Lou II" Dunbar, the sharp-shooting son of Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, and Lili "Champ" 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.
The complete list of newcomers is here:
Player Ht. Hometown College
Sweet Lou II Dunbar 6'3 Houston, Texas Oklahoma City University
Champ Thompson 5'7 Honolulu, Hawaii Stanford University, University of Notre Dame
Hops Pearce 6'0 Tuckahoe, N.Y. Purchase College
Bionic Brooks 6'3 Grand Rapids, Mich. Davenport University
Hi-Rise Hinton 6'7 Winston-Salem, N.C. Appalachian State
Crush January 6'6 Atlanta, Ga. Saint Augustine's (N.C.) University
Springs Patterson 5'9 Minneapolis, Minn. Tabor (Kan.) College
X-Over Tompkins 4'6 New York, N.Y. Manhattan Community College
Bounce Crutchfield 5'8 Greenville, N.C. Iowa Western Community College
Ice Hrynko 5'8 Philadelphia, Pa. DePaul University
"These 10 players are going to be outstanding Harlem Globetrotters," said Sweet Lou Dunbar, who is now the team's director of player personnel and head coach. "I'm personally thrilled that my son, Sweet Lou II, is among this group, but he and all of these players earned their way onto the roster. We're confident that they will be great Globetrotters—great players who also know how to entertain and put smiles on the faces of every one of our fans throughout the world."
Sweet Lou II Dunbar joins the Globetrotters following a career at Oklahoma City University, where he earned All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors his senior season. As a junior, he native racked up nine games with 22-or-more points, including a 50-point outing against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) where Dunbar shot 11-of-14 from three-point range. The Houston native, who played at Clear Falls High School in Seabrook, shot better than 40-percent from three-point range in each of his four college seasons.
The first-year players join a star-studded roster featuring Ant Atkinson, Big Easy Lofton, Hammer Harrison, Cheese Chisholm, Thunder Law, Hi-Lite Bruton, Firefly Fisher, TNT Lister, Torch George, Hoops Green and Mighty Mortimer as the Globetrotters embark on their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour the team will play in more than 250 North American markets, as well as 30 countries worldwide. Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com.
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 92 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 123 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 nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by Entenmann's ® Donuts, Tum-e Yummies and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.