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Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

November 28, 2011 11:26 ET

Harlem Globetrotters visit Scotiabank Place on April 7, 2012

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - Globetrotters Introduce Class of Newcomers, highlighted by the tallest pro basketball player, the shortest Globetrotter ever and the team's first female in 19 years

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012

SCOTIABANK PLACE

Doors: 2 p.m. Game time: 3 p.m.

Tickets on sale Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ 10 a.m.

On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Scotiabank Place on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Tickets to see the World's most famous basketball team start at $22 and will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.CapitalTickets.ca, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d'Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location; Les Galeries de Hull and at the Scotiabank Place box office. For group ticket information, including great deals for girl and boy scouts, teams and companies please call 613-599-0210 or email groupsales@scotiabankplace.com.

The outstanding rookies include Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima "TNT" Maddox of Temple University, the team's first female player since 1993 and ninth in team history.

The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including reigning champ Jacob "Hops" Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap while his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John "Jet" Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell "Spider" Wilks from the University of Cincinnati.

The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine "Stretch" Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony "Biggie" McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at West Virginia's Mountain State University. Hailing from Loughborough, England, he is the 19th internationally born player in team history.

"The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world's most entertaining basketball team," said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. "This year's rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world."

Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing Globetrotter magic to more than 230 cities in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and five Canadian provinces.

Player rosters in each city will vary and are subject to change.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

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