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Harlem Wizard demonstrates skills at each Louisa County school

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Harlem Wizard Rashaan “Rocket” Barner tries to get around Louisa County High School junior Brandon Smith during a demo of his showmanship at the school Feb. 21.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, students at all six of Louisa County’s schools received a surprise visitor.

Rashaan “Rocket” Barner of the Harlem Wizards spent the day touring the schools, giving students a preview of the kind of show he and his teammates will perform when they play faculty and staff from throughout the school system on March 10.

The Harlem Wizards were founded in 1962 by sports promoter Howie Davis. Since their inception, they have toured the country putting on shows in nearly all 50 states and numerous countries around the world. Their mission is to entertain audiences with a mixture of basketball, dance, comedy and trick shots.

Barner has been touring with the Wizards since 2002. He graduated from William Paterson University and was a Division III All-American.

In addition to showing off his basketball skills, Barner also took the time to speak with students at each school about the importance of education and hard work. He also posed for photos with students and teachers.

At Louisa County High School, his final stop of the day, Barner talked with the boys’ basketball team in advance of their Region 4B quarterfinal game against Midlothian, wishing them good luck not only in that game, but in their playoff run.

The Harlem Wizards’ game against Louisa County faculty and staff will begin at 6 p.m. on March 10. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Louisa County schools for $10, or for $12 online at

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