More than eight years ago, Alex Weekes put on a show when he set the Middle Tennessee State record for most blocked shots in a game.
Now the former Blue Raider will be on stage every time he steps onto court.
Weekes is one of five rookies who will join the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, the team announced on Tuesday. The Globetrotters, known for their entertaining ball handling and humorous tricks, start their 87th year of touring the world with a 13-game tour of France, which began on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-8, 216-pounder from Lilburn, Ga., known as Moose to the Globetrotters, spent two seasons at MTSU.
As a freshman during the 2003-04 season, he led the team with 25 blocks and averaged 4.1 points. Against Western Kentucky on Feb. 26, 2004, he blocked a school-record eight shots. His numbers dipped as a sophomore, averaging less than three points.
Shortly after the 2004-05 season, MTSU announced he was transferring though no records could be found showing that Weekes played college basketball anywhere else.
Joining the 28-year-old in the rookie class is former Clemson star Bryan “B-Nice” Narcisse, a finalist in the 2012 college basketball slam dunk contest, and Andre “Prince” Johnson, a former community college standout from Detroit. In addition, the Globetrotters signed the 10th and 11th female players in franchise history — Tammy “T-Time” Brawner and Ariel “Mighty” Mitchell.
“The Globetrotters search the planet for highly skilled basketball players that also possess the personality and flair that comes with playing for the world’s most entertaining basketball team,” said Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, the team’s director of player personnel. “This fine group of young men and women epitomizes those traits, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the squad.”
The Globetrotters return to the states on Oct. 7 to tip off in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the first time. They then head back off the continent before returning for their North American tour, which runs from Dec. 26, 2012, to April 2013.