Former Bearcats McClain, Wilks Named to Harlem Globetrotters 2012 Rookie Class

Oct. 7, 2011

PHOENIX – Former University of Cincinnati men’s basketball players Anthony McClain and Darnell Wilks have been named members of the Harlem Globetrotters 2012 rookie class the team announced on Friday.

McClain, nicknamed “Biggie,” and Wilks, now tabbed “Spider,” were members of last season’s 26-9 Bearcats squad that helped return UC to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the third round. McClain played in 98 games during his four-year career at UC, averaging 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds. Wilks played in 116 games, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over four seasons.  

The organization touted the 10-person class as possibly the most electrifying and talented in the history of the storied franchise, rivaling that of the class of 1962, which featured Globetrotter legends Curly Neal, Smokey Gaines and Jackie Jackson; and the class of 1977, which included legends Sweet Lou Dunbar and Billy Ray Hobley.

“The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “This year’s rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world.”

Others in the class include the tallest and shortest Globetrotters ever -- Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, a 7-8 center from Mountain State University (W.Va.) and Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, a 5-2 guard from Baltimore, Md., and Catonsville Community College (Md.) – as well as the ninth female in Globetrotter history, Fatima “TNT” Maddox, a 5-6 guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Temple University. Others in the class are Jacob “Hops” Tucker of Carlyle, Ill., and Illinois College; John “Jet” Williams, from Knightdale, N.C., and UNC-Asheville; Patrick “Flip” Atkins of Chicago and Trinity International University (Ill.);  Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton of San Antonio, Texas and Northwood University (Fla.); and Quade “Quake” Milum, of Dayton, Ohio and the University of Akron.

The rookie class joins current Globetrotters Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others as the Globetrotters prepare for their 2012 World Tour. The North American leg of the tour will tip-off on Dec. 26 and will conclude with five games in Alaska near the end of April 2012. The team will play nearly 270 games in over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces. Tickets go on sale Oct. 17 at