It was a question from a friend that set Herbert “Moo Moo” Evans on the path to putting his talents to work and providing him the opportunity to explore the world.
“I was playing some basketball around the Memphis area,” the 2004 Business Information Systems graduate recalls. “A good friend of mine watched me play and asked me what I was doing to use my talents.”
Thanks to that thought-provoking question and a little prodding, the former Trojan basketball standout now uses his skills on the court and his ability to make people laugh as a part of the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters.
A few weeks after trying out for the famous hardcourt squad, Evans got the call he had been hoping for.
“I felt pretty good about the try out and thought I had done some good things,” he said. “Two weeks later, they called and told me they wanted me to be in Phoenix the next day. I guess they saw something in me that made them believe I would be a good addition to the team.”
Evans, who helped lead the Trojans to a berth in the University’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2004, is in his third season as a Globetrotter and his second season as an Advance Ambassador for the organization. As an Advance Ambassador, he promotes the team’s upcoming tour stops by making public appearances within the community.
“I go out and talk to kids at schools and hospitals,” he said. “I do interviews with the local media in cities where we will be appearing and promote the Globetrotters. It really makes me happy to see people laugh and to have the opportunity to show my basketball skills.”
Being a part of the “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” as the Globetrotters are known, is also humbling for the Tennessee native.
“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of great Globetrotters like Meadowlark Lemon, ‘Curly’ Neal and Marques Haynes. Sometimes I wake up and still have trouble realizing that all of this is actually real,” Evans said.
Evans, whose nickname has been with him since childhood because of his love of milk, has fond memories of his time at TROY and makes every effort to return to campus each year at Homecoming.
“TROY was great for me,” he said. “It was just like a big family and that prepared me well for my work with the Globetrotters organization. I received a great education and the opportunity to play basketball with a great group of guys and for a great coaching staff. My time at TROY certainly had a big impact on the success I have been able to have with the Globetrotters.”
Evans would like to eventually have his own business; but for now, he spends about eight months out of the year making appearances and touring with the team.
“Being able to tour the world with the Globetrotters is a great experience for me,” he said. “I’m 25 years old, and I don’t have the responsibility of a family. I am just really enjoying the opportunity I have been given with the Globetrotters to explore the world.”