James "Twiggy" Sanders - Commissioner
James "Twiggy" Sanders was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
played basketball at Ligon High School
earned All-Conference, All-State and All-American honors.
went on to star at Johnson C. Smith University
was voted to the CIAA All-Tournament
team in 1973 and 1974.
He received his B.S. in Physical Education in 1974.
Sanders later gained fame in 1974 when he became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
"Twiggy" played for the Globetrotters for 17 years becoming one of the most admired showmen in basketball.
retired from the team in 1991.
Globetrotter career, Sanders
continued to be involved in the game he
loved, but this time as a coach.
has coached at Bonner Academy
in Raleigh, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, the Raleigh Cougars of the United States Basketball League, and with the ABA's Maryland Nighthawks, a team that he
guided to the semi-finals in the 2004-05 season.
Sander's was also an assistant men's basketball coach at Shaw University, three blocks from where he grew up in Raleigh.
In 2004 Sanders became the first head coach of the American Basketball Association expansion team the Maryland Nighthawks.