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Hawaii Pacific University star drafted by Globetrotters

Image of Kylie Huerta courtesy Hawaii Pacific University Image of Kylie Huerta courtesy Hawaii Pacific University
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Hawaii Pacific University point guard Kylie Huerta is now a member of famous Harlem Globetrotters.

The Globetrotters held a nine player draft on Tuesday that included some well-known names.

In a news release, the Harlem Globetrotters had this to say about the HPU all-star.

Kylie Huerta packs a lot of game into her 5-foot-1 frame. The Hawai'i Pacific University point guard was named First Team All-PacWest Conference and the league tournament MVP in leading the Sharks to a 25-5 record and just the second NCAA Division II tournament berth in the history of the program. The Covington, Wash., native averaged 15 points, seven assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior, while shooting a blistering 42 percent on three-pointers and 86 percent from the line – but most impressively, she pulled down nearly five rebounds per game, good for third on the team.

Here is a look at the other the Globetrotters' draftees:

· Alex Morgan scored the first goal for the U.S. Women's National Team in their 2-0 win Monday over Columbia, advancing them to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup, where they will face China on Friday. The University of California, Berkeley product has scored at a Globetrotter-type pace since debuting with the national team in 2010, netting an incredible 52 goals in 88 appearances. Morgan led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and helped the U.S. to a runner-up finish at the 2011 World Cup. Basketball was one of many sports Morgan played while growing up in Diamond Bar, Calif., and her drive, leadership and experience on some of the world's biggest athletic stages are some of the attributes the Globetrotters look for in a player.

Mo'ne Davis captured the country's hearts by becoming the first female to ever earn a pitching win at the Little League World Series, which helped earn her Sports Illustrated Kids' SportsKid of the Year honors for 2014. A multi-sport athlete, as an eight-grader, Davis made the high school varsity team in her favorite sport, basketball. She had a cameo appearance with the Globetrotters in a game in her hometown of Philadelphia in March. The Globetrotters are exercising a “Future Discovery Clause” to obtain the rights to Davis when she graduates from college.

· Trick shot artists Dude Perfect burst onto the scene six years ago and have since inspired hundreds of millions with their contagious “Go Big” philosophy. They've filmed their trick shot and comedy videos all over the world, even collaborating with the original trick shot masters, the Globetrotters, on a fishing pole trick shot. Dude Perfect personifies the Globetrotters' ambassadorial spirit with their charitable involvement and has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Evening News” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” With nearly six million subscribers and 480 million views across their online content, Dude Perfect is now the second largest sports channel on YouTube.

· Larry Nance, Jr. led the University of Wyoming to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years this past season and possesses the high-flying genes of one of the game's great dunkers. His father, Larry Sr., won the NBA's first-ever slam dunk contest in 1984 and was a three-time All-Star. Larry Jr., a 6-8 native of Akron, Ohio, was named to the All-Mountain West Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team while leading the Cowboys in points per game (16.1), rebounds per game (7.2) and blocks per game (1.2).

“When we conduct our draft, we look for outstanding athletes from different sports all over the world that exemplify the Globetrotters' efforts to provide service, smiles and sportsmanship globally, “ said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the globetrotters' director of player personnel. “This group of individuals embodies the skill, athleticism and showmanship it takes to be a Harlem Globetrotter.”

The draft was held in anticipation of their upcoming 90th anniversary tour.

The Globetrotters will add another player to the draft class later this summer via their first-ever “Draft Me” campaign: #GlobiesDraftContest.

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