PHOENIX, Ariz. – Metuchen native Marqus Blakely, the 2010 College Slam Dunk Champion, is part of the 2010 draft class of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
Also chosen were a pair of University of Montana basketball stars—men’s team standout Anthony Johnson and women’s team star Shaunte Nance-Johnson— who became the first husband-wife duo to be drafted by a professional sports team.
Blakely, who played for the University of Vermont, posted a perfect score of 50 and a 47 en route to winning the 2010 College Slam Dunk Championship. The 6-5 forward led Vermont to a school record-tying 25 wins in 2010 and the school’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in its history. Blakely was one of only two players in the nation to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
Anthony Johnson and Shaunte Nance-Johnson, natives of Tacoma, Wash., and married since 2006, each completed their senior seasons at Montana in 2010.
The 6-3 Johnson gained national notoriety by scoring Montana’s last 21 points (42 total) in a 22-point come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament title game, vaulting the Grizzlies into the 2010 NCAA tournament. A unanimous first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a junior and senior, Johnson is the first two-year player ever at Montana to break the 1,000-point scoring plateau, finishing 14th on the school’s career scoring list.
The starting point guard for the Lady Griz, Nance-Johnson led the team in assists and to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament in 2010. If she makes the Globetrotters squad, she would become the ninth woman in history to play for the storied franchise. One of the previous eight, Joyce Walker, once coached Nance-Johnson in a Washington high school all-star game in 2005.
These players will be extended an invitation to fall training camp to vie for the honor of joining the Globetrotters for their 85th consecutive season of touring the world.
To learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the team’s official web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
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