Jahmani Swanson has joined the Harlem Globetrotters.
Jahmani Swanson has joined the Harlem Globetrotters.

135cm ‘Mini Jordan’ joins Globetrotters

A 4-foot-5 hoopster dubbed the "mini Michael Jordan" has been signed by the Harlem Globetrotters - the team's shortest player ever.

Jahmani "Hot Shot" Swanson, 32, plays his first team game in his hometown of New York on Dec. 26 - and reports the whole neighbourhood has been hitting him up for tickets.

"I play the same courts in Harlem," said Swanson, who still lives with his brother in the Frederick Douglass Houses, where he grew up.

"Word's getting around and everybody's begging me for tickets," he told the Post. "I keep saying I'll do what I can."

Swanson said his parents gave him a basketball when he was a baby and "I haven't put it down since."

He played for Monroe College in the Bronx before joining on with touring exhibition teams. He auditioned for the Globetrotters back in 2011, performed a few games last year and was officially hired this week as a rookie.

He says he's not too old or too short to handle the Globetrotters rigorous touring schedule.

"I never get tired," said Swanson, whose pregame rituals including netting a minimum of 50 basketball shots.

"I can play basketball all day and night."

This story first appeared in the New York Post.



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