Sorry Kwe Parker. Sorry Shaq Johnson. Sorry every other great dunker who’s come through the high school basketball ranks over the last few years. None of these cats are as ridiculous as Derrick Jones. The 6-6 UNLV prospect is another in a long line of high-flying, sky-walking wing players, from Vince to Gerald Green to Terrence Ross. He has it all and recently came out of nowhere — I have no idea how he was hiding these hops before — to dominate a high school dunk contest.
I can understand if these young cats coming up out here are studying this dude’s tapes. I did the same thing coming up with James “Flight” White. An Olympic-level athlete who just happened to play basketball, White was changing the game forever as a high schooler, double-pumping from the free throw line, jumping from beyond it, doing things that not even the greatest legends in NBA history could do.
White was the last teenager to make my jaw drop. Jones is the latest.
He’s not the only one showing out in Style Points this week, though. Remember, it’s all about how you do it rather than what you do. And everyone from Kawhi Leonard to Vince Carter to Nicki Minaj understands what that’s all about. With the new year underway, everyone is stepping up their game. But these peeps went above and beyond the rest of the competition. In this week’s Style Points: Derrick Jones Is the Best High School Dunker You Will Ever See.
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