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Globetrotters Sign Local Slam-Dunker

Categories: Basketball, Sports

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The Harlem Globetrotters have announced their signing of area dunkmeister Jacob Tucker, who hails from Carlyle, Illinois, about 50 miles east of St. Louis.

The 23-year-old Tucker, you may recall, won the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest earlier this year as a student at Illinois College, where he later graduated with cum laude honors. His YouTube jams have garnered more than four million hits. (Watch a few of them here.)

The Globetrotters have bequeathed Tucker with the nickname "Hops." He's only five feet, eleven inches tall, but his vertical range is 50 inches, and his eyes reach rim-level when he leaps. His airborne nastiness will be on display January 6, when the 'Trotters visit the Scottrade Center. Tickets go on sale next week.

In addition to Tucker, the squad boasts other flashy rookies, including the British-bred Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, who at seven feet, eight inches, is the world's tallest pro player; Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, who at five feet, two inches, is the shortest player in team history; and Fatima "TNT" Maddox, the first female Globetrotter in nineteen years.

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Onenovembermom
Onenovembermom

As little girl I always loved to watch the Harlem Globetrotters. There show is one of my most memorable outings of my childhood. The wows, the laughs, the magic - these moments become the memories that last a lifetime!  Highflying dunks … eye-popping tricks… hilarious jokes … the Globetrotters will have you smiling from start to finish.   At the Globetrotters, the game of basketball sets the stage for an experience you will never forget.The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to St. Louis! They will bring their World Tour to the Scottrade Center on 1/6 Friday at 7p.m.  You can use this link to buy tickets:   Click here at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ev...  to save $7 on tickets using promotional code MOM. Restrictions apply.  Share this discount with your friends and enjoy. Your whole family will love it.  I work for Miles Of Marketing and this information was provided to me by them (www.milesofmarketing.com).  We are a group of moms passing along great information like this to other moms!!!Happy New Year!Share this discount with your friends and enjoy. Your whole family will love it.  I work for Miles Of Marketing and this information was provided to me by them (www.milesofmarketing.com).  We are a group of moms passing along great information like this to other moms!!!Happy New Year!Lynn

KITTY
KITTY

Well, knock me over with a feather! The Harlem Globetrotters finally made a white guy a member of their team. OMG! To say Jake Tucker will be a "standout" on the team is an understatement.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

Sweet River Baines is not going to be happy with Tucker joining the Globetrotters.

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