Anthony ‘Buckets’ Blakes throws the ball to Fatoumata Sanneh during the Harlem Globetrotter’s visit to Evergreen Heights Elementary School on Tuesday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Basketball and the ABC’s

Anthony ‘Buckets’ Blakes exhibited his basketball skills and talked to kids about the ABCs (action, bravery and compassion) of bullying prevention during the Harlem Globetrotter’s visit to Evergreen Heights Elementary School on Tuesday.

The program was designed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

The Globetrotters are in the Seattle area as part of their 2017 world tour.

A master of trick shots, Blakes recently sank the highest basketball shot ever recorded in North America.

From atop the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas – a 583-foot, 8-inch launch and drop.

The ball landed at the bottom of the net below on just his second attempt, an epic shot from the stratosphere that went viral, making Blakes an internationally recognized star On World Trick Shot Day (Dec. 6).

“I was excited. It was pretty awesome,” said the 6-foot-2 Blakes, who has amazed worldwide audiences with his ball wizardry as a Globetrotter in his 15th season. “I put some backspin on the ball. It’s almost like physics is involved, and I don’t know much about physics. My degree is in psychology.

“But I had the confidence to knock the shot down. I feel I can make any shot.”

The Globetrotters perform at Kent’s ShoWare Center on Friday and Monday.

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Anthony ‘Buckets’ Blakes talks to Mattie Gillaspy. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter