Handles studied at Lock Haven University, where he made it on to the list of all-time assist leaders and rose to fifth in terms of steals. The legendary Harlem Globetrotters were a big part of Handles' youth and he dreamt of being part of them as a child. He put himself on the map through featuring in various TV advertisements between 2000 and 2004, on his own and alongside other basketball stars, such as Paul Pierce and Vince Carter. The incredible talent that he showed in them is what caught the attention of the Globetrotters. Handles has travelled around all 50 American states and is bowled over by how much people love him and his team-mates. Handles explains: "As I was walking through Sydney Airport in Australia wearing my red, white and blue Globetrotters jersey, a little girl came up to me and said, 'Look, Mummy. It's Superman! Are you Superman?'"