Feb 10, 2024
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(BPRW) NCAA Champion and WNBA Draftee Alexis Morris Signs With the Harlem Globetrotters
Starting Point Guard and Championship Game Leading Scorer for LSU’s 2023 National
Championship Team Joins Team with First Game Play in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday,
(Black PR Wire) ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, synonymous with basketball excellence and global entertainment, today announced the signing of former Louisiana State University (LSU) star and WNBA draftee Alexis Morris to the Harlem Globetrotters, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, President of Harlem Globetrotters and Herschend Entertainment Studios. Morris becomes the seventh current woman to join the organization, the most in the organization’s storied history, as they will celebrate their centennial in 2026.
“The Harlem Globetrotters have a storied history of signing some of the world’s most accomplished and coveted talent: Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins, ‘Curley’ Neal, Lou Dunbar, Lynette Woodard, and now, Alexis Morris,” said Dawkins. “As the global basketball landscape continues to evolve, the Globetrotters are well positioned to offer unparalleled opportunities for professional basketball players looking to develop and showcase their amazing skills, make a positive impact in the community while also benefitting from the plethora of business opportunities that our brand has to offer them. It’s an opportunity unlike any in sports. Signing Alexis reflects our commitment to pursuing the best ballers
from around the world.”
Morris, who has begun her Harlem Globetrotters training and will be joining the domestic arm of the 2024 Tour, will take to the court for the first time as a Harlem Globetrotter on Friday, February 9, 2024at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball and The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Her extensive and rigorous schedule will also include stops at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, February 18, and Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NY, on Saturday, February 24.
Morris, known for her exceptional ball handling and court vision, will take the court with her self-titled moniker, Alexis ‘The Show’ Morris, alongside her elite teammates. The Texas native was selected in the second round of the 2023 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun and is currently a free agent. She returned to North America after starting the current season in Turkey with Ilkem Yapi Tarsus of the Turkish women's Super League. Alexis is believed to be the first athlete to join the Harlem Globetrotters while also entertaining elite professional offers since Connie Hawkins, who played for the team and went on to a Hall of Fame Career with the Phoenix Suns.
“I’m excited to join the Harlem Globetrotters and want to thank the leadership team for giving me an opportunity to grow my personal and professional career while playing the game I love,” said Morris. “There is a lot to learn from my coaches and teammates, and I’m excited to highlight the level of basketball and entertainment of the organization. ‘The Show’ is now a part of the growing legacy of Harlem Globetrotters basketball.”
She will join the six women athletes who make up the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals this winter, including Fatima, ‘TNT’ Lister, Cherelle ‘Torch’ George, Arysia ‘Ace’ Porter, Kaylin ‘Sunshine’ West, Eryka ‘Spice’ Sidney, and Kayla Gabor. She joins nine other rookies who joined the 2024 World Tour this season. Fans can expect exclusive content of her time with the team through “My Rookie Season” on Harlem Globetrotters Youtube channel.
Morris, a dynamic point guard and a top scorer on LSU’s 2023 National Championship team brings a stellar blend of skill, athleticism, and showmanship to the iconic Harlem Globetrotters. Her electrifying style of play and passion for the game aligns with the team's commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment to audiences worldwide.
The Harlem Globetrotters’ rich legacy of combining sportsmanship and entertainment continues to attract top-tier athletes who embrace the joy of basketball. Follow the Harlem Globetrotters on social media for exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more team updates as they travel the world.
ABOUT THE WORLD-FAMOUS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS / HERSCHEND ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS
The Harlem Globetrotters® are THE originators of basketball style, captured by their dynamic
athleticism, unique skills, and historical influence on the modern game of basketball. Since 1926, the Globetrotters, proud members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, have used their legendary global tour to showcase their iconic brand of basketball to tens of millions in over 124 countries and territories across six continents.
Their series, “Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward,” produced in partnership with Hearst Media\Production Group, airs on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo as “Harlem Globetrotters: Ganando Con La Comunidad.” The hit series, which reaches a million viewers each week, garnered an Emmy nomination in its first season and put the brand back on network television for the first time in 40 years. In addition to Hearst, other media partners include Hidden Pictures, Atmosphere TV, Reach TV, and Viral Nation. The brand continues to grow its roster of partners with expansion across a variety of categories, including consumer products, retail, travel, and QSR/Food, just to name a few. Additional partnerships include Sprayground, Undercrwn, Macy's, Hybrid, Hoop Culture, Citi, and Alaska Airlines, as well as our official ball partner, Spalding, and our official tour partner, Jersey Mikes.
Coined by the U.S. State Department in 1951 as Ambassadors of Goodwill, the team leverages its moniker to drive its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts around its strategic pillars of Health & Wellness, Education, and Community Empowerment. These efforts have yielded partnerships with the likes of Microsoft, U.S. State Department Sports Diplomacy, The National Archives Foundation, ‘Great Assist’ in partnership with Jersey Mike’s Subs, Campus Multimedia Court of Creativity, and Comic Relief Red Nose Day.
For more information about the Harlem Globetrotters and the Tour, visit the Globetrotters' official website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com. The Harlem Globetrotters® is a subsidiary of HerschendEnterprises, the largest family-owned themed attractions company.
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