Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
ATLANTA – Lou Dunbar II of Oklahoma City University has joined the Harlem Globetrotters after the franchise chose the son of the Globetrotters legend in its 12th annual draft.
Dunbar, from Seabrook, Texas, accumulated 209 3-pointers during his Stars men’s basketball career to fall three shy of OCU’s all-time record.
From 2014-18, Dunbar produced 995 points, 195 rebounds, 104 assists, 57 steals and 170 field goals. Dunbar collected honorable-mention all-Sooner Athletic Conference and 15.2 points a game as a junior as well as NAIA Division I and SAC player of the week for Jan. 23-29, 2017.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Dunbar posted 50 points vs. USAO at Abe Lemons Arena for the highest single-game score total by an OCU player since the program joined the NAIA. He canned 11 treys to match OCU’s single-game mark held by Tony Terrell, which he established Dec. 28, 1991 in San Antonio, and Eric Tatum, who hit 11 3-pointers on March 4, 2004 in Oklahoma City. Dunbar became the first OCU player to reach 50 points since Rich Travis did it Dec. 4, 1967 at Frederickson Fieldhouse. Charles Weekly nailed 212 3-pointers from 1985-90 to hold the program’s career record.
“We are excited for Lou getting an opportunity to join the Harlem Globetrotters,” Oklahoma City coach Vinay Patel said. “He was one of the best shooters in the history of OCU and will surely be a fan favorite. Lou was a large part of our program and is going to be dearly missed.”
Dunbar is the son of “Sweet” Lou Dunbar, legendary Globetrotters showman and current coach and director of player personnel.
“The Globetrotters have always been open-minded about who plays for us, as well as who we select in our draft,” said “Sweet” Lou Dunbar. “Having exciting players who can electrify fans with their athletic ability is obviously great, but our players need to be more than that, too. This year’s group of draftees really fits the bill on what we look for.”
The Globetrotters’ all-time roster includes Oklahoma City alumni Curtis Haywood, who played for OCU from 1997-99, and Eric “Big E” Lee, who was on OCU’s 1998-99 team.
The Globetrotters also picked 2018 College Slam Dunk Champion Joseph Kilgore of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; point guard Lili Thompson of NCAA women’s national champion Notre Dame; Manchester United and French national soccer team midfielder Paul Pogba, a passionate basketball fan; and Thor Björnsson, the reigning “World’s Strongest Man” winner, a “Game of Thrones” actor and a former Icelandic pro basketball player. Past Globetrotter draftees have included high-profile celebrities and sports figures who are excellent examples of what the Harlem Globetrotters are all about – fun, entertaining, and family-friendly basketball.
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 92 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 123 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 nine thrilling decades.