July 2, 2008
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Former men's basketball player Tay Fisher (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) was selected in the Harlem Globetrotters 2008 Draft earlier today in Phoenix, Arizona. Fisher is one of six players to be taken in the team's second annual player draft.
Fisher finished his collegiate career with a flurry, as the 5-9 sharp-shooter drained six 3-pointers in Siena's 21-point MAAC Championship rout of Rider, earning him a spot on the MAAC All-Tournament Team. He followed by shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from long range in the Saints' NCAA First Round upset of 4th-seeded Vanderbilt. Fisher shot a blistering 44.4 percent from downtown his senior season.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters selected Georgetown's Patrick Ewing, Jr. as the top pick. Also taken were 2008 State Farm College Slam Dunk Champion Sonny Weems of Arkansas, William Bullard of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sudanese big man Longar Longar of Oklahoma, and Auburn high-jumping sensation Donald Thomas, an Olympian hailing from the Bahamas and the reigning men's world indoor high jump champion.
Each of the six players will be invited to camp in the fall to compete for the honor of joining the Globetrotters for their 83rd consecutive season of touring the world.
"When evaluating draft prospects, we look for players that bring special skills and the personality to potentially be Harlem Globetrotters," said Globetrotters Coach Clyde Sinclair. "We hope we can be as fortunate as last year, when our top pick, Ant Atkinson, not only made the team, but has flourished."
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, the Harlem Globetrotters have played in 119 countries before over 128 million fans since their inception in 1926, and are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit the team's official Web site: www.HarlemGlobetrotters.com.