Yes, you read that title correctly. Des Moines proudly welcomes the slam dunk super star Jacob ‘Hops’ Tucker as an ambassador for the Harlem Globetrotters March 28th and 29th. With several local visits and exhibitions, ‘Hops’ and ‘Buckets’ take Des Moines by storm to help spread Globetrotter Nation.
As a self-propelled YouTube sensation, former college slam dunk champion and now Harlem Globetrotter rookie, Jacob ‘Hops’ Tucker proves just how crucial hard work, determination and skill are when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Tucker’s climb to the top wasn’t an easy one. Despite the negative opinions people had about Tucker being too short (5’10, mind you), he never once let it phase him. To get recognition and an invite to the 2011 College Slam Dunk Championship he posted several YouTube videos highlighting his impressive dunking abilities and trick shots, which quickly earned him millions of internet fans along with the invitation he’d been dreaming of. Hops attended the event and the rest was history; completely dominating his competition, Hops swept the championship with two perfect scores of 50, and fought his way to first place. Idolizing athletes such as NFL quarterback Kurt Warner for his perseverance and his long journey to the top, Hops emits such qualities and is an inspiration to anyone overcoming adversity. The Globetrotters took notice of such skill and tenacity and drafted the former Illinois player in June 2011. Upon being drafted, the incredibly humble and grateful Hops stated, “Becoming a Harlem Globetrotter is an unbelievable honor. At no point growing up did I ever think that would even be a possibility.” Through hard work, dedication and an amazing 50-inch vertical, Hops has become a world-class dunking sensation and achieved the impossible. He helps kick off the Harlem Globetrotters 2012 World Tour at Wells Fargo Arena, April 1st.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out a couple of Hops’ dunking videos on YouTube, (we’re not just bragging …he really is THAT good!)