Taylor Brown is a big fan of the AND1 Mixtape tour. The Bishop McNamara (D.C.) High senior told the Washington Post that she first began watching the videos as a 7-year-old, just a year after she first picked up a basketball.
While that viewing began as entertainment, the Georgetown recruit now uses them for inspiration, incorporating street ball moves into the traditionally fundamental-oriented game of top-flight girls basketball. On Tuesday, the point guard brought out one of those moves to help spark her McNamara teammates to an upset of WCAC rival Elizabeth Seton (D.C.) High, using a behind-the-back drive to the basket to elude two defenders in the paint en route to a layup. You can see the play starting at the 45-second mark of the video below. Less than 30 seconds later, the star pulled off the same move again.
"It was just that moment in the game when I was in the zone and I don't know, I did the behind-the-back move," Brown told Washington Post reporter James Wagner.
There was little question that the athletic layups inspired Brown's teammates, who said that her feats give the team significant bursts of energy and enthusiasm.
"When [Brown] does this, we just say, 'Wow,'" McNamara's Chanice Lee told the Post. "I think sometimes she even wows herself."
The two baskets were just four of Brown's 26 points, with her final totals -- and, most importantly, the game's 58-43 final score -- much more significant to she and her teammates' overall accomplishments.
For his part, Seton coach Jonathan Scruggs said Brown's ability to lift her game at key moments makes her a player to watch not only now, but also in the future at the next level.
"I think she's an outstanding player," Scruggs told the Post. "There is no question about that. To me, what takes [a] player to the next level is when they do it on both ends of the floor. And she went to the next level [Tuesday] for me."