Big Treat For Former Hoopster

After a tryout with the New York Knicks, a former Mountaineer basketball player has found a new home with another team that has Big Apple ties.

Former WVU basketballer Gordon Malone, who was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1997 and had a tryout with at least one other NBA team, has made the roster of the Harlem Globetrotters. Malone, who hit a three-pointer against Seton Hall to give WVU its lone Big East tournament win in 1997, made the cut after going through a demanding weeklong training camp with the Globetrotters earlier this month.

Malone, who turned 30 in July, will be on one of the Globetrotters' two teams, which will begin their touring schedules in late December. Malone was one of only three players to make the roster after the camp. Joining him on the roster are John Jackson of the University of Mississippi and Kei Madison of Okaloosa Walton Community College, who played for the Globetrotters in 2002.

Gordon Malone
Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters
"These three players impressed us right away with their athleticism and personality both on and off the court," Globetrotters' Owner & Chairman, Mannie Jackson said. "They add size, strength and experience to an already very good team. The Globetrotters are looking forward to another record-breaking season and these three should be a big part of it."

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Malone was a second round draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1997 after averaging 11.6 points and 7.6 rebounds at West Virginia from 1995-97.

The Globetrotters tip off their four-month North American Tour December 26th, with two of those opening day games scheduled in Pittsburgh. The Globetrotters also are scheduled for a March 15, 2005 visit to Charleston, W.Va. They will appear in more than 200 cities across the United States and Canada during the four-month tour.

Although there is no guarantee that Malone's team will play either of those dates, public relations director Brian Killgore noted that every effort is made to allow players to perform in their hometowns, or in local areas of interest.

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