She may be on a social media fast while taking a nearly month-long civil-rights themed journey with her team, the Anderson Monarchs, but the Mo'ne Davis effect is still in motion. On Tuesday, June 23, a day before Davis' 14th birthday, the Harlem Globetrotters announced Philadelphia's teenage baseball phenomenon had been selected as part of the team's 9th annual draft.
"The Globetrotters are exercising a 'Future Discovery Clause' to obtain the rights to Davis when she graduates from college," reads a release about the team's draft.
In March, Davis surprised a crowd at the Wells Fargo Center when she took the floor, originally with the Washington Generals, before switching to the Globetrotters. She scored five points total.
Even though Davis made her national debut as a standout Little League baseball player, becoming the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, basketball is her favorite sport and first love. As an 8th grader, she made the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy high school varsity basketball team.
She becomes the third female ever to be drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters since the annual draft began in 2007.
According to a Harlem Globetrotters rep, 13 women total have played for the team, the ninth of which, former Temple University basketball star Fatima "TNT" Maddox, joined the team in the fall of 2011 and was the first in about two decades. Lynette Woodard was the first woman to join the team in 1985. Maddox and teammate Sweet J Ekworomadu are the two women currently on the team's roster.