Today Magazine Winter 2020 - Page 15

Darnell had a decision to make before graduating from high school. He had the choice to attend a prep school for a year with the hope of possibly playing for a DII or DI college, or attend Gwynedd Mercy University and play from the start. “In the summer, I made my decision to go to GMercyU,” Darnell reflected. It turned out to be the right decision. During his GMercyU career, Darnell was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Rookie of the Year and was named First Team All-CSAC three times. He is currently fifth all time for GMercyU in scoring with 1,319 points, first in assists with 448, second in free throws with 327, and third in three- pointers with 168. He is the only player in team history to surpass both 1,000 points and 400 assists. in numerous statistical categories, including scoring. Darnell returned to the Globetrotters and is now in his fourth season. He has been able to combine his passion for basketball and the communication skills he learned in the classroom by being an ambassador for the team. You can often find Darnell doing interviews on the news, radio, and in the community. “Sure, I get to travel the world and play basketball, but at the same time I get to put a smile on people’s faces,” Darnell said. “You don’t know what they’re going through and for 90 minutes they get to have the time of their life because of you.” The achievement he is most proud of, however, is leading the Griffins to a CSAC Conference Championship in 2016. “My teammate Jason Cavall said it best. It was like a storybook,” Darnell said. “What better way to end a career than by taking over the game, winning a championship and MVP of the game. It couldn’t have been written any better.” Darnell credits all of his and his fellow teammates’ success to Head Coach John Baron. “Outside of my dad, Coach Baron is probably my biggest mentor,” Artis said. “We have a special connection. He’s not just a coach, not just a mentor, he’s one of my best friends. Our relationship to this day is based around trust.” After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2016, Darnell tried out for the Globetrotters and made the team, an opportunity that was brought to him thanks to connections members of GMercyU’s coaching staff had. During the seasonal break for the Globetrotters after his first season, Darnell played for America Esporte Club in Brazil where he led the country TODAY 13