Harlem Wizards

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Harlem Wizards
LeaguesIndependent
Founded1962
HistoryHarlem Wizards 1962-present
ArenaBarnstorming team
LocationHarlem, New York
Team colorsPurple, Black, and Gold
PresidentTodd Davis
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
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Harlem Wizards
LeaguesIndependent
Founded1962
HistoryHarlem Wizards 1962-present
ArenaBarnstorming team
LocationHarlem, New York
Team colorsPurple, Black, and Gold
PresidentTodd Davis
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
Kit body thinpurplesides.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thingoldsides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Away

The Harlem Wizards are a basketball team whose history goes back to 1962 when it was created by sports promoter, Howie Davis. Unlike most basketball teams, the Harlem Wizards are not primarily focused on winning matches - instead, their aim is to entertain the crowd using a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops. They perform fundraisers at local schools for the students and the rest of the community, displaying their fancy trickery through dribbling, passing, shooting, and dunking. Through these fundraisers, they have raised millions of dollars for "charitable organizations, schools, and foundations across the world." The audience is not only there to watch the Wizards, but also to participate in the show. The Wizards get the crowd involved, often bringing children out onto the floor to be part of a basketball trick or a comedic act.[1]

Their antics are very similar to those of the Harlem Globetrotters, who were created in 1926.[2]

The Wizards and the Globetrotters are the only remaining show basketball teams.[3] The theme for the Wizards' 2010-2011 campaign is the "Basketball and Beyond Tour."[1] They hold the longest known winning streak in all of professional sports - over 2,800 games.[3]

History[edit]

According to harlemwizards.com, in 1943, Harlem Wizards creator Howie Davis was working as a Sports Promoter and the Sergeant and Recreation Director at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The World Championship of Basketball Tournament in Chicago asked Davis to provide an emergency 8th team to compete in the tournament. Within one week, Davis assembled the Dayton Dive Bombers. The Dive Bombers' first round opponent in the tournament was the previous World Champion, the Harlem Globetrotters. The Dive Bombers pulled the upset and the Globetrotters' manager, Abe Saperstein, refused to even shake Davis' hand after the game. Davis was intrigued by this event, and twenty years later, he decided to create his own show basketball team, the Harlem Wizards.[3]

Before Davis got into sports management and promotion, Howie Davis played semi-professional baseball for a couple years. He eventually managed the Brooklyn Dodgers football team, the Staten Island Stapes, and the Kokomo Clowns, who actually played in clown outfits. Before creating the Harlem Wizards, he was also a scout for the San Francisco Giants.[4]

In 1962, Davis created the Wizards, wanting to expand on Saperstein's idea of the Globetrotters. Davis wanted the Wizards to be an even more competitive, creative, and entertaining team than the Globetrotters.[3]

When Howie Davis died in 1992, his son, Todd Davis, took over as the President of the Harlem Wizards organization.[5]

Since 1962, the Wizards have played over 6,000 games, both in the United States and abroad. They have played on five different continents and in 22 different countries.[6]

Current roster[7][edit]

Harlem Wizards roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
G/F2United StatesJackson, LaMarvon "Mr. 540"6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)University of Arkansas Little Rock
F000United StatesSimpson, Dwayne "Swoop"6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Southern Connecticut State University
F00United StatesHenderson, Claude "Tojo"6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Passaic High School
G1United StatesLewis, Arthur "King Arthur"5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Bowie State University
F3United StatesJohnson Jr., Roscoe "Sarge"6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Allegany College of Maryland
G4United StatesTyndal, James "Road Runner"5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Buffalo State College
G5United StatesJones, Eric "Broadway"6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Urbana University
G9United StatesBernard, Arnold "A-Train"5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)Southwest Missouri State
G10United StatesCurry, Devon "Livewire"6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Pasco-Hernando CC & Western Texas
G11United StatesSimmel, Mike "Mighty Mike"5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Purchase College
G29United StatesSewell, Leon "Space Jam"6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Bethel and East Central Universities
F20United StatesStukes, Timothy TJ "Tomohawk"6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)Pittsburg State
G21United StatesRyan, "Blackjack"6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Brooklyn College
G24United StatesBarner, Rashaan "Rocket"6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)William Paterson University
G28United StatesWilliamson, Dexton "Air Jamaica"6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Southern Connecticut State University
F31United StatesSmith, John "Big J"6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)College of Staten Island
G33United StatesPaul, David "D.P."6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)Staten Island College
F15United StatesClinton, Lloyd "Loonatik"6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Allen University, South Carolina
C94United StatesMathews, Mike "Big Mike M&M"6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)Florida State
F10United StatesErwin, Dewyn "Air Revolution"6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)Broward CC
G95United StatesRodriguez, Ken "Blenda"5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)Bergen Community College
Head coach
  • United States Todd Davis




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Former players[3][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About the Harlem Wizards". 2005-2010 Harlem Wizards. 2010. Retrieved 12/11/2010. 
  2. ^ "Harlem Globetrotters Historical Timeline". 1996-2010 Harlem Globetrotters. 2010. Retrieved 12/11/2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Harlem Wizards History". 2005-2010 Harlem Wizards. 2010. Retrieved 12/11/2010. 
  4. ^ "About Howie Davis". 2005-2010 Harlem Wizards. 2010. Retrieved 12/10/2010. 
  5. ^ "About Todd Davis". 2005-2010 Harlem Wizards. 2010. Retrieved 12/11/2010. 
  6. ^ "The Harlem Wizards". 2007-2010 Wellsville Elementary School. 12/11/2010. Retrieved 12/11/2010. 
  7. ^ "The Harlem Wizards: Team 2010". 2005-2010 Harlem Wizards. 2010. Retrieved 12/10/2010. 

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