Johnny Manziel and Landon Donovan drafted by Harlem Globetrotters

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Johnny Manziel and Landon Donovan are two of the most high profile sports stars in the world, and now they have linked up with perhaps the one sporting franchise that can contain their talent, and celebrity hype - the Harlem Globetrotters.

For The Win reports that the rookie quarterback and US soccer star have been drafted by the historically extravagant basketball franchise.


But before you get too excited about the prospect of the two suiting up in the famous red, white, and blue jerseys the decision to 'draft' Manziel and Donovan is purely ceremonial.

For the past eight years the Globetrotters have carried out an annual draft of "world-class athletes" and this year they had their eyes on the NFL and MLS as well as their more orthodox basketball choices.

"We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all the different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter," Globetrotters' director of player personnel, Sweet Lou Dunbar, explained.


Manziel's celebrity lifestyle, coupled with his eccentric, at times unorthodox, displays on the gridiron, certainly make him an ideal character to be associated with the Globetrotters. A point Dunbar clearly agreed upon:

"We also know that Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. 'Johnny Basketball' has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"

Having excelled in college football with Texas A&M, and been a highly sought after baseball prospect in his youth, Johnny Manziel is not particularly known for his basketball prowess although his freakishly large hands would at least give him the edge over Donovan.

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Landon Donovan joins Manziel on the draft list and, having been overlooked by Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA's World Cup roster, he certainly has time on his hands to turn out for the Globetrotters.

Unfortunately, his diminutive 5' 8" stature is not exactly suited to the hardwood, and he may look slightly out of place lining up alongside Globetrotters regular Stretch who is listed as a 7' 4" center.

The Globetrotters also named five other athletes in their 2014 draft class. Donovan and Manziel were joined by Andrew Wiggins' two brothers, Mitchell Jr. and Nick, who both played college basketball last season as well as two other players who excelled for their schools last year.

Sim Buhllar, a 7' 5" New Mexico State junior is joined by Marcus Lewis who won the inaugural College Slam Dunk Championship back in April of this year.


The Globetrotters have long been in the business of self-promotion and the move to recruit two high profile stars is just another in the long line of initiatives by the franchise who have never taken themselves too seriously.

Rather than focussing on winning rings in the NBA, the modern day Globetrotters roster travel the world promoting basketball at it's purest level of enjoyment and you wouldn't put it past Manziel donning the famous jersey somewhere down the line.

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