Taylor Griffin number 1 overall pick . . .


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. . . of the Harlem Globetrotters.
They said it during an interview on ESPNews with Blake and I found this article.
Oh, Brother! Globetrotters Draft Taylor Griffin
06/22/2009 8:42 AM
Taylor Griffin
Sooner forward and brother of projected #1 overall NBA Draft pick Blake Griffin heads list that includes college slam dunk champ Tony Danridge and acrobatic U.S./Premier League goalkeeper Tim Howard among athletes chosen to compete for a spot on the world’s most famous basketball team

(PHOENIX, June 22, 2009) – The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters today selected University of Oklahoma senior forward Taylor Griffin as the top pick in the team’s third annual player draft, just days before his younger brother, and Sooners teammate, Blake Griffin is expected to become the number one overall selection of the upcoming NBA Draft on June 25.

Also chosen by the Globetrotters were 2009 College Slam Dunk Champion Tony Danridge of the University of New Mexico and Slam Dunk runner-up Charlie Coley, III of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; 2009 Patriot League Player of the Year Derrick Mercer of American University; and Tim Howard, a former high school basketball standout and current number one goalkeeper of both the U.S. World Cup soccer team and Everton FC of England’s Premier League.

“Globetrotters must be great athletes, great entertainers and outstanding citizens,” said Globetrotters Coach Sweet Lou Dunbar. “We believe each of these individuals possess enough of those unique dynamics to merit our consideration to wear the red, white and blue.”

Following is a recap of the Globetrotters’ draft:

• Taylor Griffin is the older brother, and Oklahoma teammate, of consensus national player of the year, Blake Griffin. As a senior, Taylor Griffin was the Sooners’ third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, helping propel Oklahoma to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. The 6-7 Oklahoma City native was a three-time second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Tony Danridge
• Tony Danridge, hailing from San Bernardino, Calif., won the 2009 College Slam Dunk Championship while compiling three perfect scores of 50. A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior at New Mexico, the 6-5 Danridge’s highlight reel dunks and assortment of cupping windmill jams have become YouTube sensations.

• Charlie Coley, III finished second to Danridge in the Slam Dunk Championship by a single point in a dunk-off, after each had scored a perfect 50 in the final round. The 6-7 Charlotte 49er, raised in Lake Worth, Fla., not only sports a 40-inch vertical leap (he once dunked over a Nissan on a playground in Miami), but often wears an afro that harkens back to the days of Globetrotter legends.

• Derrick Mercer was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American for his stellar play in the 2008-09 season. The 5-9 dynamo led American University to two straight NCAA tournaments, and the Jersey City, N.J. native is the only player in Patriot League history to record at least 1,200 career points and 500 career assists.

• Tim Howard is the top goalkeeper of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, as well as one of the best net-minders in the English Premier League, having led Everton FC to the 2009 FA Cup Final. He starred at North Brunswick High School, in his hometown of North Brunswick, N.J., in both soccer and basketball, where his scoring and leaping ability helped lead his school to the state finals his senior year. The 6-3 Howard is active in charitable efforts, as he is a past winner of the MLS Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with children with Tourette Syndrome – a condition which affects Howard personally – and is also involved in the organization Athletes in Action.

Each of these players will be extended an invitation to fall training camp to vie for the honor of joining the Globetrotters for their 84th consecutive season of touring the world.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, IHOP, Spalding, and America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are in their 83rd consecutive season of touring the world. The Globetrotters have played in 120 countries on six continents, entertaining over 130 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life. The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Click here to purchase team merchandise.

I wonder if he will take that gig or still try to pursue the NBA. I wonder how much he would get paid as a globetrotter?
$50,000 to $750,000 is a pretty broad range. I'm not sure the Globetrotters would meet his competitive ambitions.
What criteria do the globetrotters use when selecting people for their team? I know it says "great athletes and great entertainers" but I've always wondered what kind of scouting they do to figure out who would fit in their style.
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