Houston Native Signs with Harlem Globetrotters

Style Magazine Newswire | 11/6/2018, 12:16 p.m.
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, who are preparing to enter their 93rd season of entertaining fans around the world, today unveiled ...
Harlem Globetrotters new rookies

At just 4-6, Justin “X-Over” Thompkins will become the second-shortest player in Globetrotter history; the shortest is his 4-5 older brother and current Globetrotter Hot Shot Swanson. Hailing out of New York, X-over is renowned for his ability to handle the basketball, and was showcased with several streetball exhibition teams before joining the Globetrotters.

Quincy “Crush” January was named the CIAA Rookie of the Year and the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons at St. Augustine’s University, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game throughout his college career. The Atlanta native was named the school’s Sport Management Student of the Year (2017), as well as its Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2018) – an award granted to student athletes that exemplify academic and athletic excellence, as well as give back to the community.

Max “Hops” Pearce joins the Globetrotters’ roster after winning the 2018 Dark Horse Dunk Competition, adding to the Globetrotters growing list of the best dunkers on the planet. In 2018, Pearce also participated in the NCAA College Slam Dunk Competition representing Purchase College, throwing down some of the most prolific dunks – one of which included a one-handed self-alley-oop slam dunk while filming himself with a cell phone camera. Pearce came shy of winning the competition by mere decimal points, but his unique showmanship and style made him one of the most notable athletes of the entire competition. Pearce was a standout student-athlete at Purchase College where he captained the men’s basketball team his senior year, studied Economics and was named to the dean’s list on numerous occasions. The Globetrotters rookie hails out of Tuckahoe, N.Y.

Craig “Hi-Rise” Hinton, 6-7, is known for his jaw-dropping dunking skills, which earned him the nickname Hi-Rise. Born in Winston Salem, N.C., he joins the famed roster after graduating from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he appeared in all 33 games during his senior year while also earning his degree in Economics.

DeShun “Springs” Patterson earned national recognition for his leaping ability after representing his school, Tabor (Kan.) College, in the 2018 College Slam Dunk Competition, where he went head-to-head with some of the best dunkers in the country. The Minneapolis native made it all the way to the semifinals of the competition where he was bested out by his new fellow teammate and rookie, Max “Hops” Pearce. Patterson joins the Globetrotters after a standout career at Tabor College where he averaged 12.2 points per game his senior campaign, earned all-conference honors and led the Bluejays to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Tor’i “Bionic” Brooks, 6-3, joins the Globetrotters roster as one of the team’s most powerful dunker, though he took an unconventional route to the team. Brooks attended Davenport University (Mich.) where he did not play basketball, but was a star track and field athlete, earning numerous honors that include eight conference championships; three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American (NAIA) Championships in the high jump; six NAIA All-American selections in the high jump, long jump, and as a member of the 4x100m relay. He also set the school record for the highest high jump, measuring 2.14 meters (7.02 ft). Brooks attended East Kentwoord High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. where he played varsity basketball and was a two-time all-conference selection in the sport.