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James Twiggy Sanders

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  • B.S. , Physical Education
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Shaw assistant men's basketball coach ...
www.shawbears.com, 29 April 2006 [cached]
Shaw assistant men's basketball coach James "Twiggy" Sanders has become the first head basketball coach of the American Basketball Association team the Maryland Nighthawks.
A native of Raleigh, where he grew up just three blocks from Shaw, he played at Ligon High School where he was all-conference, all-state and All-American and was named Wake County Player of the Year in 1970.
Sanders went on to star at Johnson C. Smith University.He was voted to the CIAA All-Tournament team in 1973 and 1974.He received his B.S. in Physical Education in 1974.After graduation, he became a star player with The Harlem Globe Trotters from 1974-91, playing basketball in over 101 countries spanning six continents.
Sanders has coached on all-three levels.He was head basketball coach at Bonner Academy in Raleigh and also was head coach for two years with the Raleigh Cougars of the United State Basketball League (USBL).He was also an assistant coach for two years at Morris Brown.
League Staff
www.thegpbl.com, 15 Mar 2010 [cached]
James "Twiggy" Sanders - Commissioner
James "Twiggy" Sanders - ...
www.thegpbl.com, 15 Dec 2009 [cached]
James "Twiggy" Sanders - Commissioner
James "Twiggy" Sanders was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He played basketball at Ligon High School where he earned All-Conference, All-State and All-American honors.
Sanders went on to star at Johnson C. Smith University. He 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. He retired from the team in 1991.
Following his Globetrotter career, Sanders continued to be involved in the game he loved, but this time as a coach. He 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.
TimesDispatch.com | Playing it straight
www.timesdispatch.com, 17 Jan 2006 [cached]
James "Twiggy" Sanders spent 1974-91 as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, the hoops showmen who travel the world with a remarkable winning percentage and, for key free throws, that basketball tethered to an elastic band.
"I grew up watching him do all the tricks, and as I got older, I had to slowly weed that stuff out of my game as I got yelled at by various coaches," said Sanders, a 6-6 Spider from Raleigh, N.C.
Twiggy Sanders - the Globies' slender Spaghetti Man performed at 6-9 and 185 pounds - could do straight hoops, too.He starred at Division II Johnson C. Smith University, where the Globetrotters spied him, and coached on staffs at Shaw University and Morris Brown College.
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