Globetrotters Make Annual Pilgrimmage to Rupp

SEC basketball fans may recall four years ago when tiny Siena College  upset Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 83-62, behind the sparkling play of senior guard Firefly Fisher.

Fans can see the 5-foot-9 sharpshooter and ball-handling wizard up close when Fisher comes to Rupp Arena Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. with his current team – the renowned Harlem Globetrotters.

For 86 years, the Globetrotters have thrilled fans of all ages with their ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment.

Bringing joy to fans makes being a Globetrotter special, said Fisher, who has traveled the world in his three years with the team.

“Not everyone can perform every night and put a smile on the faces of their fans,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be in that situation.”

Fisher, who played in Rupp last year when the Globetrotters visited, said spectators can expect another fan-friendly night, including an autograph session with the players.

“The way we interact with the crowd is what makes the Globetrotters so memorable,” Fisher said.

They also can play basketball. Fisher shot 44.4% from three-point range as a senior at Siena.

He’s now an accurate four-point shooter – Globetrotters play with a four-point line 35 feet from the basket. Fisher once made 16 four-pointers in a game.

The team features “Tiny” Sturgess, reportedly the world’s tallest basket-ball player at 7-foot-8; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth in team history.

“Our goal is to keep our winning streak alive and entertain people,” Fsher said.

Spectators can count on both those outcomes.
Tickets start at $22.00 and are available at,, the Rupp Arena box office, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at