DENTON, Texas – One of basketball’s all-time greats, Marques Haynes, dropped by the Super Pit today to spend time with head coach Tony Benford and the North Texas basketball team.
Considered perhaps the best ball handler in basketball history, Haynes was the first Harlem Globetrotter to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 1998). Haynes also holds the distinction of playing in over 12,000 games in his 40-plus year hoops career that spanned into 97 different countries and four million miles traveled.
He was a part of the Globetrotters squads that beat George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers in both 1948 and 1949, and he also helped found the Harlem Magicians in 1953.
A collegiate standout at Langston University in Oklahoma, Haynes was a four-time all-state and all-conference selection. He led Langston in scoring all four years and led the program to a 112-3 record, a mark that included a 59-game winning streak.
Haynes spoke to the Mean Green, which opens their season on Nov. 9 at Creighton, prior to their afternoon practice.