Ant Atkinson’s boundless energy, deft shooting touch, ball handling mastery, and quick wit has made him a fan favorite. “The camaraderie we have as a team is unbelievable,” Ant says. “We have great chemistry.”
The chemistry the team shares came to the forefront on Nov. 17, 2016, when Ant and his teammates broke nine Guinness World Records in a single day. On this day, Ant and his teammate, Cheese Chisholm, tied for the most three pointers in one minute with a single ball, with 10 shots made. His ability to execute long-range shots also became Guinness World Records-certified when he broke the record the longest basketball shot blindfolded at 73 feet, 10 inches.
Another of Ant’s historic efforts was on March 29, 2013, at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff in Cardiff, Wales. On that night, Ant set Globetrotter records with an unbelievable 22 made 4-pointers (out of 30 attempts), 12 made 4-pointers in one quarter and a mind-blowing 93 points in the game.
Ant is no stranger to dramatic March performances. On March 24, 2007, he led one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history, scoring 10 points in the last 39 seconds of Barton College’s 77-75 win in the NCAA Division II National Championship game, a performance that became a YouTube sensation and was a runner-up in the “Best Finish” category at the 2007 ESPY Awards. The All-American became the first-ever player selected in the Globetrotters’ inaugural player draft later that year.
Since then, Ant has been to over 80 countries world (he had never been outside of the U.S. before becoming a Globetrotter), has shot hoops with President Obama and met Pope Francis when the Globetrotters named the pontiff the ninth Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history on May 6, 2015 – following the Pope’s weekly General Audience, before a crowd of over 50,000 in St. Peter’s Square.
Ant has played atop the old Spectrum in Philadelphia and in a dark gym while wearing a glow-in-the-dark uniform, and his talents have also been on display for TV audiences on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Bachelorette,” “Sesame Street,” “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and Nickelodeon’s “Mutt & Stuff.”
Born in Wilson, N.C., Ant is a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers, and his hobbies include playing the drums and video games.
When Ant finished college, he knew he would continue his basketball career, “but the fact that it’s with the Harlem Globetrotters makes it that much better,” he explains. “This is the most fun a person can have playing basketball, and bringing smiles and entertainment to kids and families is unbelievable.”