Last week's AAU Nationals tournament in Orlando brought together a huge crop of highlights, the likes of which can only pop up when you bring together both a strong majority of the nation's best hoops prospects and enough cameras to make sure that there's video footage of all of them.
With that in mind, Prep Rally thought it only fitting to cobble together an edition of InterTubing highlighting just the best plays and overall performances from the annual summer circuit national championships. Buckle up, because here come some slams.
• Shaquille Johnson, Milton (Ga.) and Jhaustin Thomas, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia: Prep Rally has already knighted Johnson as the best dunker in high school basketball, and Thomas is well established as a top defensive end prospect. Together, they forged an almost unstoppable dunking force in Orlando. Just check out some of those power slams, and take pity on the rim.
• Shaquille Cleare, Houston (Texas) The Village School: Because sometimes one Shaquille isn't enough, now we can check out the best of Shaquille Cleare, which -- at least at AAU Nationals -- included a dunk over one of the Class of 2011's most hyped prospects, Nerlens Noel.
• An unknown prospect (really): That's right, no one has any idea who this player is, besides the fact that he looks like mighty-mite YouTube dunking sensation turned Providence player Kiwi Gardner. At about 5-foot-7, he dunks like him, too, which begs the question: Does anyone know who this is? He sure has the explosiveness that would make people take notice, not least of all Prep Rally ourselves.
• Joe Primavera, Gulf Coast Blue Chips: What would a national tournament be without a last second game winner? In this case, it was turned in by Joe Primavera of the Gulf Coast Blue Chips, who nailed a buzzer beater after taking an inbounds pass which was sent in with less than three seconds on the clock.
• Devon Scott, Columbus (Ohio) Northland: He isn't ranked in most national lists, but perhaps power forward Devon Scott should be. The Cincinnati commit had a breakthrough performance at AAU Nationals, leading the All-Ohio Red squad to the 17U tournament title with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the final.
• Andre Drummond, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More and Ethan O'Day, CBC: It's possible that Ethan O'Day benefited greatly from sharing the court with fellow 2012 prospect Andre Drummond over the summer. It's also possible that he should have received more attention for his impressive athleticism earlier in the recruiting process. Either way, the duo impressed at Nationals in Orlando.