Globetrotters invade Medford

Do you take a scoop of humor with your hoops? A heaping helping of hilarity with your hardwood?

If so, the Harlem Globetrotters might be for you.

The famous team of high-flying, smooth-passing, laughter-inducing basketball magicians are coming to town.

The Globetrotters extended their North American Tour to play in Medford on Saturday.

Two performances will take place on Saturday at North Medford High School: the first at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.

The cost is $25 for general admission.

To buy tickets, visit or, or call 866-468-7623. Tickets may also be purchased at North Medford High the day of the games.

The popular players will take on either the International Elite or Global Select squads, who used to be known as the Washington Generals.

Jacob "Hops" Tucker leads an impressive Globetrotters rookie class. The 5-foot-10 Tucker, who graduated from Illinois College, won the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest using his 50-inch vertical leap. His YouTube videos have garnered over five million views.

Tucker will be joined by Fatima "TNT" Maddox, the first female Globetrotter since 1993 and only the team's ninth in its 86-year history. Maddox played for former WNBA player Dawn Staley at Temple University and most recently competed professionally in Sweden.

Veteran showman Big Easy Lofton, who will also be in Medford, gained fame off the court as a two-time competitor on the CBS series "The Amazing Race." Competing on two seasons and 22 episodes, Lofton and teammate Flight Time Lang finished fourth and second.

Scooter Christiansen and Bull Bullard round out the Medford roster. Christiansen holds Guinness World Records for the longest time spinning a basketball on one's head and one's nose.

An autograph session will follow each performance. Members of the North Medford boys basketball team will be on hand assisting with the shows.

The Globetrotters are coming off performances in Corvallis and Redmond. The group will play in Hawaii in May.

Some of the other Globetrotters are currently playing in Europe.

The Globetrotters, inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, have performed in 120 countries and territories on six continents.

On Wednesday, Globetrotter ambassador Wun "The Shot" Versher visisted Abraham Lincoln Elementary to promote the team's character education program. He later visited with local media.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email

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