Harlem Globetrotters draft Jacob Tucker
Illinois College guard and 2011 college slam dunk champion Jacob Tucker was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday.
Tucker put himself on the national map in March when his dunk highlight video went viral on YouTube. The video now has more than 4.3 million views. He later was voted into the college slam dunk contest in Houston during the Final Four and won it despite being the only Division III player competing.
"It's definitely an honor because everybody knows who (the Globetrotters) are and I know all the good things they do besides just playing basketball," Tucker said in a statement. "I've always wanted to be a part of something like that. I just need to look into the details of it before I agree to anything."
Tucker was one of six players drafted by the Globetrotters. Seven-foot-eight center Paul Sturgess, the tallest player in college basketball history, soccer star Lionel Messi and 12-year-old Jordan McCabe were among the other players drafted.
"The first day of practice, we are going to have Jacob Tucker and Paul Sturgess go one-on-one," Globetrotters director of personnel Sweet Lou Dunbar said in a statement. "A 5-foot-11 dunking machine against a 7-foot-8 tower of shot blocking has YouTube written all over it."
Since winning the national dunk contest, Tucker has been a guest of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, spoke at basketball camps and competed in other dunk contests throughout the country.
"It's been a lot of fun doing all those things," Tucker said. "I'm very busy, but it's a good busy. It's been an once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Tucker recently graduated from Illinois College with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He scored more than 1,000 points during his four-year career for the Blueboys and averaged 14.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals during his senior season.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com.