Editor's note: The Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Stephenville for a game at 3 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Stephenville High School, as part of a stop on their 2006-2007 tour that is scheduled to cover more than 40 U.S. states and will also star in Canada and Asia. Tickets are on sale in advance at First Christian Church, Texas Bank, and Fraser, Wilson & Brian Law Office on the Square. All money raised will go toward home construction, including current construction dedicated to the memory of Emeritus Habitat Board Member, Dr. Carl Phillips. Featured today is T'Neisha Turner, a female member of the Ambassadors.

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The Harlem Ambassadors are bringing fans a new reason to smile on their “Stars & Stripes Tour” this season, with a new show player whose smile is impossible to miss.

While searching for a new show player last spring, Ambassadors' General Manager Dale Moss read newspaper accounts about T'Neisha Turner's play at Wesley College and noticed that she was repeatedly referred to as the “always smiling T'Neisha Turner.”

“It was like smiling was part of her name,” said Moss. “What a great attribute to bring to show basketball.” The Ambassadors' show uniquely highlights a woman player with a team of men professionals.

The 5'5” guard joined the Ambassadors this season after wrapping up an illustrious career at Wesley. During her senior season T'Neisha was among the top 10 in the nation in scoring in all NCAA divisions, averaging 22.5 points per game. She holds the school's all-time career scoring record (men and women) with 1,822 points. She earned honors as a two-time Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All Conference, a three-time team MVP, and a two-time PAC scoring leader. In 2005 she led the Wolverines to the PAC Tournament finals, racking up six consecutive PAC Player of the Week honors along the way.

While her numbers and achievements speak for themselves and prove T'Neisha to be a very capable guard in the Harlem Ambassadors' outfit, the role of show player provides her a new set of challenges and goals. She's touring the country with some very talented teammates and learning the craft of “Show Basketball” studying under the direction of Ambassadors coach “Lade Majic” Prophete, the Queen of Show Basketball.

“I think it's been very fun, and I really enjoy working with Coach Majic and learning from her,” T'Neisha said.

T'Neisha has been developing her skills as an entertainer and is finding her place as the center of attention. Ambassador shows are filled with hilarious comedy routines and interactive games and no matter where the action is on the floor, T'Neisha has her hands in it. “I'm a goofy person, and I like to have fun,” she said. “With the Ambassadors everyone is able to see that side of my personality, instead of the serious side that I had playing at school.”

Leadership is also an important tool for the show player to have. T'Neisha not only must learn her own part in the skits and pranks, she has to make sure her teammates are in the right place as well. The show player position is a high-energy task that T'Neisha's former coach Michele Stabley knew she would embrace. “T'Neisha exemplifies leadership,” Stabley said in an interview last summer. “She has been in a leadership role since her freshman year and she was the reason why our team was successful.”

“T'Neisha has all the tools we were looking for and is definitely going to be a star,” said Ambassadors President and General Manager Dale Moss. “She's a great ball handler and passer, a solid outside shooter, and not afraid to lace them up against bigger male opponents,” Moss observed. “Plus she has a great personality, a flashy game, and the kind of easy smile that can light up a gym,” he added.

T'Neisha might be new to the show this season, but the work ethic and enthusiasm she's displayed since signing with the Ambassadors in June of 2006 has all signs pointing to an unforgettable career as the Ambassadors' most unforgettable player. “The experience is going to be overwhelming,” she said. “It's not everyday that someone can say they've got an opportunity to play at the professional level, especially when you played at a Division III school.”