In some states, baseball and softball playoffs are already in full flow. In others, the season is still gearing up. And then there's AAU basketball, which just never sleeps. Luckily for all of us, there's plenty of highlights from across the spectrum this week, as always.
• Kiwi Gardner, Westwind (Ariz.) Prep International, All-American Dunk and 3-point Contest: Kiwi Gardner is a hell of a guard, but he's often overlook -- both figuratively and literally -- because of his diminutive height. Now the 5-foot-7 has silenced plenty of his doubters, not only by landing a scholarship to Providence, but also by throwing down this truly impressive dunk in the All-American dunk contest earlier this spring.
• Norman Powell, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, San Diego High School All Star game: To be fair, Norman Powell was just one of the recruiting gems at this San Diego All Star game, with the dunk contest preceding the game serving as a highlight for the entire contest itself. Along with Eric Norman, Josh Smith and Javante Byrd, Powell put on quite a show. The quartet threw down a host of dunks in the clip below, which is lengthy, but well worth the wait.
• John Brodner, St. Charles (Ill.) North vs. Waubonsee (Ill.): There are home runs, and then there are the moon shots drilled by MLB prospect John Brodner. This one in particular was good for a memorable grand slam in one of St. Charles North's latest wins.
• Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.) vs. T.F. North (Ill.): In the annals of Illinois high school baseball, no one has hit more home runs than Tim Barry. That stat was etched in stone after Barry connected on an amazing four homers in a doubleheader against T.F. North, leaving him needing just one more homer in the remainder of his senior season to stand alone as the all-time home run leader in state history. Here's betting he'll get that homer, and then probably another couple, before long.
• Jonathan Piriz Bishop Moore (Fla.) vs. Montverde (Fla.): Montverde sports both one of the deeper talent pools and one of the nation's top baseball prospects. So how, then, did Bishop Moore pull off a notable upset in the second game of the season? In part with the help of magnificent defensive plays like the one you see here by pitcher Jonathan Piriz.
• Gus Morales, The School at Church Farm (Penn.): We're not sure when exactly Morales pulled in this Dustin Pedroia like slide and toss from second base, but we're pretty sure it ranks as one of the more memorable defensive plays of the School at Church Farm's season thus far.
• Thomas Tyner, Aloha (Ore.): Ever wanted to see a really, really fast anchor leg of a relay? Just check out Aloha football star Thomas Tyner's adjustment to the track in full bloom right here. That, ladies and gentlemen, is blazing.
- Norman Powell