He had never been on an Inclined Plane – until last week.
In Johnstown to promote the Globetrotters appearance at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Shaw rode the mountainside railcar while spinning a red, white and blue basketball.
The Globetrotters, as they always do, will play the Washington Generals, a team that hasn't beaten the Harlem squad since 1971, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.
'You get a chance to see the best of both worlds – great basketball and great athletes, but also wholesome family fun," said the 6-foot-6 Shaw, now in his eighth year with the Globetrotters after starting for four years at St. John's.
While the Globetrotters are notorious for their slapstick comedy such as tossing buckets of confetti into the stands and pulling down referees' pants, they're all quality basketball players as well.
Split into traveling squads, the Globetrotters will play 270 games in more than 230 cities during their 2012 World Tour.
"It definitely is a lot of practice," Shaw said. "You get a chance to work on your craft every day."
For Shaw, that means developing the team's newest variation, the four-point shot 35 feet away from the basket.
"Ever since I was 6, I wanted to play professional sports," he said. "The Harlem Globetrotters gave me the opportunity."
The Globetrotters are showcasing a strong class of rookies, including Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the worlds tallest pro basketball player at 7-foot-8; 7-foot Anthony "Biggie" McClain; Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-foot-2; and Fatima "TNT" Maddox, the team's first female player since 1993 and its ninth female in its 86-year history.
"The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world's most entertaining basketball team," CEO Kurt Schneider said in a statement.
Tickets start at $14 and are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, wee.ticketmaster.com, the War Memorial box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.