By Courtney Jacobs
Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
Mo’ne Davis received an unexpected present for her 14th birthday.
The Little League star moved up in the ranks after she was drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters in their ninth annual draft. In a Globetrotters draft, the players selected can play whenever they want. Due to Davis’ age, she is going to stay in school before she hits the court.
The Harlem Globetrotters will exercise their “Future Discovery Clause” for Davis, which means they will have rights to her once she graduates college.
Davis will enter her first year in high school as a ninth grader this upcoming school year.
The young star gained national attention during the 2014 Little League World Series, when she became the first girl to pitch both a winning game and a shutout in Little League history. However, Davis also played varsity basketball as an eighth-grader and, according to the Hartford Courant, has publicly said she would like to play basketball at the University of Connecticut in the future.
In addition to Davis, the Globetrotters also drafted 2015 college slam-dunk champion LaQuavius Cotton, U.S. women’s soccer player Alex Morgan, Hawaii Pacific point guard Kylie Huerta, Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. and trick shot celebrity group Dude Perfect.
“When we conduct our draft, we look for outstanding athletes from different sports all over the world that exemplify the Globetrotters’ efforts to provide service, smiles and sportsmanship globally,” Globetrotters’ director of player personnel Sweet Lou Dunbar told the New York Daily News. “This group of individuals embodies the skill, athleticism and showmanship it takes to be a Harlem Globetrotter.”