'Johnny Basketball': Harlem Globetrotters Draft Manziel

By: Jamie Burch, News Director Email
By: Jamie Burch, News Director Email

NEW YORK CITY - If the NFL or MLB do not work out for Johnny Manziel, he can always try basketball. Two days before the 2014 NBA draft, the Harlem Globetrotters announce Tuesday they have “drafted” the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter,” said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the Globetrotters’ director of player personnel. “Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”

The Globetrotters consider Manziel “one of the most electrifying athletes on the planet.”

In late March, Manziel made headlines after posting video on his Instagram account that shows him dunking at the Cox-McFerrin Center on the Texas A&M Campus.

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The pick by the Globetrotters is more ceremonial than anything else. Manziel hasn't played competitive basketball since the eighth grade. So, don’t expect him to be touring the country tossing water buckets, full of confetti, into the stands.

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