PHOENIX – Fort Lauderdale native Tyrone Davis is among five athletes selected in the seventh annual player draft of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Davis, of Northwood University’s West Palm Beach campus, was a 2012-13 NAIA Division II All-American after leading the nation in assists per game at 7.86.
The 5-2 guard also led the Seahawks – where he played for legendary coach Rollie Massimino – with 2.3 steals a game, earning a spot on the Sun Conference All-Defensive Team to follow up his 2011-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year campaign.
Davis set the school record for career assists and steals before he even entered his senior season, a season in which he helped lead Northwood to a 30-4 record.
The other players drafted are Doug Anderson of the University of Detroit Mercy, Britney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA franchise, Corey Law of High Point University (N.C.) and Mariano Rivera of Panama City, Panama.
Anderson has won all five dunk contests in which he has ever competed, including the 2013 College Slam Dunk Championship, where he garnered perfect scores of 40 from the judges on each of his four dunks.
The Kalamazoo, Mich., native led the Titans in field goal percentage and blocks as a senior and was third on the team in rebounding and steals. The 6-6 Anderson was a one-man highlight reel, as 46 percent of his field goals during his two seasons with the Titans were dunks, and he had the number one dunk on ESPN Sports
Center’s Top Plays on four different occasions.
Griner, one of the most decorated players in the history of women’s basketball, was the number one overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. In her debut with the Phoenix Mercury, she became the first player to ever dunk twice in a WNBA game. At Baylor University, the 6-8 Griner was one of the most outstanding players in women’s college basketball history, sweeping all major national awards her last two seasons when the Houston native led the Bears to an incredible 74‐2 record, including a 40‐0 mark in Baylor’s 2012 national championship season.
Griner finished her college career as the second all time leading scorer in Division I women’s basketball history and amassed an NCAA men’s and women’s record 748 blocks.
Law competed in the College Slam Dunk Championships by beating out 15 other athletes to become the annual Dark Horse Dunker. The 6-4 native of Chesapeake, Va., led High Point in field goal percentage as a senior and was third on the team in rebounding and blocks. Sporting a 44-inch vertical leap, Law finished his career second on the Panthers’ career rebounding list.
Rivera is a five-time World Series Champion and 12-time All-Star. The future Hall of Famer has the most saves in Major League Baseball history and is among the league leaders in saves again this season. Owner of a World Series MVP award and several postseason records – including lowest earned run average and most saves – Rivera also gives back through the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which donates over half a million dollars a year to charities in the U.S. and Panama.