Former Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Marcus Lewis was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday.
The Globetrotters drafted six athletes in their eighth annual player drafter. While Lewis was the first player chosen, other draftees included Landon Donovan, Johnny Manziel and Sim Bhullar.
Lewis, a 6-foot-4 guard, will have the opportunity to attend a mini-camp/tryout in August where he can earn an invitation to the team’s training camp in late September. The Globetrotters’ domestic tour begins Dec. 26 and runs through April.
Lewis earned a spot in the Slam Dunk Championship by winning the 2014 “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” Facebook competition, a 16-player bracket-style elimination competition. His alley-oop dunk during the 2012-13 season at Southeast Missouri climbed to No. 3 on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, was a finalist for GEICO Play of the Year and advanced to the finals of the HoopsManefesto.com Dunk of the Year Tournament.
Lewis averaged 9.8 points and 1.6 steals per game his senior season. He shot 51 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc. He earned a degree in general studies/health sciences in May.