Cue up the music of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
The Harlem Globetrotters have drafted showman Johnny Manziel. That makes "Johnny Football" the three-way draft choice of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, baseball's San Diego Padres and now basketball's ultimate team of showmen with their red, white and blue ball.
The pick by the Globetrotters is ceremonial. Don't look for Manziel to be touring the nation's arenas this fall tossing fake water buckets (full of confetti) into the stands. The pick will be announced Tuesday by the Globetrotters as part of their eighth annual draft of "world class" athletes – and obviously attention grabbers.
"Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. 'Johnny Basketball' has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?'' "Sweet Lou" Dunbar, Globetrotters' director of player personnel, says in a press release.
Another Globetrotters draft choice: soccer star Landon Donovan, who was left off the U.S. World Cup squad. "Landon Donovan can handle a ball," says Dunbar.
With huge hands for a guy listed at 6 feet tall, we know Manziel can palm a basketball. He only played basketball through eighth grade before focusing on stardom as a Texas high school quarterback and at Texas A&M. But he's an showman for any venue – or night club.
The Cleveland Browns picked him in the first round of the NFL draft (No. 22 overall). The Padres picked him this month in the 28th round of the baseball draft (837th overall). He is one of seven draftees announced by the Globetrotters.
"We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter," says Dunbar.
Also drafted by the Globetrotters:
- Marcus Lewis of Eastern Kentucky University, winner of the 2014 College Slam Dunk Championship in April.
- Tyler Inman of Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma, winner of the NAIA dunk contest in March.
- Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-5, 360-pound basketball player from New Mexico State University.
- Mitchell Wiggins Jr. and Nick Wiggins, older brothers of likely early NBA draft pick Anthony Wiggins of Kansas. Mitchell Jr. played at Southeastern University (Fla.) and Nick played at Wichita State.