While playing basketball at Berkmar High School in Lilburn, and later at college in Tennessee, 31-year-old Alex “Moose” Weekes got used to coaches battling him over his hair. “They always wanted it shorter, neater,” he says. Today, as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Weekes’s voluminous ’do has become his signature. “When I joined [in 2013], the other players started calling me Moose,” he recalls. “They said, ‘It’s the hair, man! When you’re flying through the air, it looks like antlers.’”
The flamboyant style is just part of Weekes’s natural showmanship. “Anybody who saw me in high school knows that I’ve always loved playing to the crowd,” he says. At Berkmar, he was known for hollering a catchphrase—“I feeeeeel ’em!”—after dunking on other players. As a Globetrotter, Weekes is equal parts athlete and entertainer—something he loves. “Where else in basketball can you be as wild and crazy as you want to be?” he says.
Watch Moose play: The legendary basketball team, which celebrated 90 years in 2015, hits Philips Arena on March 12 and 13.
This article originally appeared in our March 2016 issue under the headline “Gone Global.”