The always entertaining Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team had drafted University of Montana star Anthony Johnson, as well as his wife, Lady Griz player Shaunte Nance-Johnson. The Globetrotters say this is the first husband-wife duo to be drafted by a professional sports team.
From the team's release:
A pair of University of Montana basketball stars—men’s team standout Anthony Johnson and women’s team star Shaunte Nance-Johnson—became the first husband-wife duo to be drafted by a professional sports team today when they were both selected by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters as part of the team’s 2010 draft class...
Anthony Johnson and Shaunte Nance-Johnson, natives of Tacoma, Wash., and married since 2006, each completed their senior seasons at Montana in 2010.
The 6-3 Johnson gained national notoriety by scoring Montana’s last 21 points (42 total) in a 22-point come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament title game, vaulting the Grizzlies into the 2010 NCAA tournament. A unanimous first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a junior and senior, Johnson is the first two-year player ever at Montana to break the 1,000-point scoring plateau, finishing 14th on the school’s career scoring list.
The starting point guard for the Lady Griz, Nance-Johnson led the team in assists and to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament in 2010. If she makes the Globetrotters squad, she would become the ninth woman in history to play for the storied franchise. One of the previous eight, Joyce Walker, once coached Nance-Johnson in a Washington high school all-star game in 2005.
Although this is nice publicity for the Globetrotters, Johnson may be more interested in Thursday's NBA Draft. After a record-breaking senior campaign in Missoula, AJ has been invited to a tryout with the New Jersey Nets.