Harlem Globetrotter has WNC connection

El Gato Melendez playing on the court. (Photo courtesy: The Harlem Globetrotters)

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Asheville!

Before their big performance at the U.S. Cellular Center Friday, January 14, 2018, one of the players stopped by the News 13 studio to show off some skills.

El Gato Melendez talked to us about his life as a globetrotter and showed Holly Headrick and Jay Siltzer how to perform a few tricks on the court. He's also a local! Melendez grew up in Puerto Rico but attended McDowell High School as an exchange student. It was there he was recruited to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels! Watch the video above to hear his story.

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