GLOBETROTTERS: A different kind of game
Former Cardinal, Harlem Globetrotters show off their style of basketball
Brawley Chisholm was coming off the bench as the backup shooting guard for the Ball State men's basketball team only one year ago.
Now, as a graduate of Ball State, "Cheese" Chisholm is taking 4-point shots, being sentenced to the penalty box and dancing on the court.
Chisholm made a return to Worthen Arena on Tuesday night as the Harlem Globetrotters rolled into Muncie.
Chisholm said his return to Ball State was a memorable one.
"I love playing in front of my fans," he said. "It's my alma mater. Not everybody gets a chance to do what they love and get a chance to play in front of their fans. I had a great time tonight."
The Globetrotters put on a show for the crowd with a series of high-flying dunks, crazy stunts, hip-hop dance moves and a few practical jokes as well.
Chisholm was a central part of the action, playing the majority of the second quarter and parts of the third and fourth quarters.
Following a layup in the third quarter that were his first points of the game, Chisholm nailed a 35-foot, 4-point bomb.
He finished with six points, but it was his playful attitude, along with teammates such as Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Derick "Dizzy" Grant, that stole the show.
Near the end of the second quarter, Chisholm grabbed onto the opponents' rim and pulled his head through the basket, blocking any shots they tried with his head.
While the Globetrotters' antics had the crowd roaring with laughter, Chisholm said practicing trick shots and complex plays takes as much hard work as practicing for Ball State.
"Training camp is from 8 in the morning to 8 at night," he said. "It's all day, one day. You work on tricks and you play. So you could still get cut during training camp. You still have to play your heart out during training camp."
Ball State men's basketball coach Billy Taylor was in attendance to get a firsthand look at his former player. Taylor said he's proud of Chisholm.
"What a great honor to make such a prestigious organization like the Globetrotters that have been around for 80 years," he said. "They bring the entertainment to basketball. It's just a great thing to be able to come here and support him and for him to be able to be here at Ball State for us to watch him play."
Taylor said he was impressed with Chisholm's lone 4-point jump shot.
"We wanted to see him make some more of those," he said. "That was a lot of fun. It looks like he's having a great time. We're just thrilled for him."