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Merriweather gearing up for second season with Globetrotters

Joe Avento • Oct 16, 2018 at 5:28 PM

A.J. Merriweather is about to begin his second season with the Harlem Globetrotters and the always-smiling, high flying former East Tennessee State basketball star hopes it’s as good as his first.

“I’m still excited,” Merriweather said while attending a recent ETSU practice. “My first year was everything I dreamed it would be and more. Any time you get to travel the world and play basketball, the two things I love doing, it’s great.”

Merriweather said the Globetrotters’ style of basketball fits him perfectly. The game he grew up loving has never ceased to be fun for him, even as he travels with the world’s most famous basketball team.

“I always have fun,” he said. “I don’t care if I was in the conference championship game, I was still smiling. You know me.”

The schedule isn’t official yet, but there’s talk that Merriweather could be on the Globetrotters team that visits Johnson City next year. He missed that opportunity when his group of Globetrotters — there are more than one squad — wasn’t on the Johnson City schedule this year.

When Merriweather last played at Freedom Hall, he kissed the floor on Senior Day, figuring it would be his final time on that court. He might get another shot March 26, 2019, when the Globetrotters come to town.

“It would be big for myself, for the school, for the city, for a lot of people,” Merriweather said. “This is Johnson City, my second home.”

ETSU coach Steve Forbes said when the Globetrotters approached Merriweather, it made sense right from the start. The 6-foot-2 guard had stolen the show at the National College Dunk contest, finishing second with the most impressive array of slams among the competitors.

“I think that’s a perfect fit,” Forbes said. “He’s got an infectious personality. He’s not only a real good player, he’s an entertainer, a high flying athlete with tremendous charm. All those things add up to being a successful Globetrotter.”

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