Darnell Wilks Selected In 2011 Harlem Globetrotters Draft
Darnell Wilks

June 21, 2011

CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati men's basketball student-athlete Darnell Wilks (Nashville, Tenn./Pioneer Christian Academy) was one of six players selected Tuesday by the Harlem Globetrotters in the team's 2011 draft.

"I'd like to thank the University of Cincinnati for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents to the world," Wilks said. "Without UC, this new road would not have been presented to me. I would like to thank the Harlem Globetrotters as well for this new opportunity to continue to showcase my basketball talents, and also strive to be a great ambassador for basketball. Even though the colors on my jersey might have changed, I still bleed red and black and will continue to support and represent the Bearcat Nation with pride."

The high-flying Wilks was narrowly edged out in the semifinals of the 2011 Denny's Slam Dunk Championship, posting a near-perfect semifinal round score of 49 that was bested only by two perfect scores of 50. Wilks, UC's co-most valuable player for the 2010-11 season, helped the Bearcats to a 26-9 record and an appearance in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, where they fell to eventual National Champion Connecticut.

Along with Wilks, the Globetrotters selected Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Jordan McCabe (Beaver Lake Middle School), Paul Sturgess (Mountain State), Jacob Tucker (Illinois College) and international soccer star Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona).

Wilks will be the fifth former Bearcat to play for the Globetrotters, joining John Howard, Jesse Jemison, Melvin Levett and Jermaine Tate.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.



Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 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 more than eight thrilling decades.

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