When the official word came early the morning of June 26, Bryan Narcisse’s dream came true.
The former North Augusta High School and Clemson standout was one of six people, including three-time Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt, selected in the Harlem Globetrotters draft. While Bolt’s status for the world-famous team is uncertain, Narcisse will start mini-camp in August to learn the tricks of the squad.
“It’s a lot of answered prayers,” Narcisse said. “I remember when they came to Augusta when I was a kid. I’ve always loved them.”
Narcisse, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward, graduated from Clemson in December with a communication studies degree. He then finished his playing career with the Tigers before competing in one final collegiate event, the 2012 Collegiate Slam Dunk Contest. That’s where he drew the attention of the Globetrotters.
In the third round, Narcisse had one of the best dunks of the event – a move he learned from the NBA Live video game.
Brittany Rayburn, a 3-point contestant, ran in front of him and tossed the ball off the shot clock. He darted down the lane, grabbed the ball in mid-air and threw down a windmill dunk, bringing the fans to their feet.
Narcisse, 21, said his dunking ability is one of the reasons the Globetrotters selected him.
“They know I’m athletic,” he said. “More than that, I love bringing energy and passion to basketball.
“I love to laugh on the court. You’ll see me with a big smile on my face.”
Narcisse is currently interning with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Clemson. He said he’s looking forward to working with the Globetrotters later this summer; training camp begins in September.
“It’s definitely going to be a new chapter in my life,” he said. “It’s going to be fun and entertaining.”