rookie Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell was
honored during Friday's press conference in Dent Hall gymnasium on the campus
of Dillard University.
Mitchell, a Dillard alumna, is one of only 11 females to ever play for
the Harlem Globetrotters, and she is the first female from the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to make the squad.
When asked if she was ready to endure the long grinding season and all
the travel that the team is used to doing, she responded by saying, "I've been
grinding, traveling and experiencing life during college when I played
ball. I'll continue to trust God for
guidance, and I'll be fine," said Mitchell.
Mighty Mitchell, as she will be known with the Globetrotters, hails
from St. James, La. The 5'7" shooting
guard led the Dillard Lady Bleu Devils basketball team for four years, scoring
over 1,000 points and earning All-Conference honors in her sophomore, junior
and senior years. She averaged 13.6
points and 3.5 rebounds per game and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in public health.
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University, gave a brief
word of encouragement and celebrated the success of Mighty, and also presented
her with a certificate from United States Congressman Cedric Richmond and
another certificate from Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Malik Bartholomew, President of the Local Alumni Association, presented
Mighty with a certificate from the National Alumni Association.
Kiki Baker Barnes, Director of Athletics at the University, along with
some of Mitchell's former teammates, presented Mighty with a 7'x7' life size wall
banner of her performing a lay-up during her days as a Lady Bleu Devil. Barnes coached Mighty for four years at
Mattie Hobley, wife of the late Billy Ray Hobley, honored Mitchell by
giving her a pair of Mr. Hobley's original Globetrotters game day shorts. Mr. Hobley was also a graduate of Dillard
University, and he was the first Dillard graduate to play for the
The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their
2013 "You Write the Rules" World Tour, the team's 87th consecutive
season touring the world, so be sure to catch Mighty at an arena near you.