Dylan Richter Selected by Harlem Globetrotters in Player Draft
St. Louis, Mo., June 27, 2012 – 2012 Washington University in St. Louis graduate Dylan Richter was selected by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in their sixth annual player draft, as announced by the organization.
Richter joined 2012 College Slam Dunk Champ James Justice of Martin Methodist College, Slam Dunk semifinalist Bryan Narcisse of Clemson University, Division II All-American Stefan Bonneau of C.W. Post, three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and Iesha Davis, sister of likely #1 overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Davis, as one of six draft picks.
“I was definitely shocked when I heard I was drafted. Even though I interned with them during the second semester of school last year, it's not something we talked about,” said Richter, who graduated in May with a major in marketing and a minor in psychology. “After finishing the season this past year, my only goal was to stay involved in basketball. I didn't necessarily pursue any opportunities to continue playing, but I did want to stay involved in the sport I've been playing my whole life in some capacity if I could.”
Richter, a D3hoops.com honorable-mention All-America selection, started all 27 games for the Bears a season ago and was fifth in the conference averaging 16.4 points per game. The 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year also led the team and the conference with 75 three-pointers made. Richter picked up a pair of regional awards, earning first-team D3hoops.com and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-Midwest Region selections.
“I think it is really something special and unique for Dylan to be drafted by the Globetrotters,” said head coach Mark Edwards, who just completed his 31st season on the Danforth Campus. “It is one more special recognition and memory he has accumulated while at Washington University. We are proud of all that he has done.”
Richter became the 20th member of the 1,000-point club after scoring 20 points on Feb. 3 at the University of Rochester. He dropped in a career-best 33 points on nine three-pointers in a 99-88 win over No. 4 ranked Emory University on Jan. 29. Richter appeared in 102 career games and finished his career ranked sixth in school history in three-pointers made (152) and 19th on the all-time scoring list (1,112). He also competed in the 2012 NABC Reese's Division III All-Star Game on March 17 in Salem, Va.
Richter led Washington University to a 20-7 overall mark as a senior and helped the Bears capture the 2012 UAA Championship. Washington U. also made an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“I had the privilege of getting to know the organization and some of the players during my time interning with the Globetrotters and I think it would be an amazing organization to be a part of,” Richter added. “I can't tell you what will happen, but I can say that getting drafted is the perfect first step in my dream of staying involved with basketball, and I think joining the Harlem Globetrotters would be a perfect fit. Laughs, entertainment and basketball - what could be better?”