Isaiah Bailey’s dunk is ridiculous for so many reasons

Ben Rohrbach
May 23, 2013

Can't figure out what's more jaw-dropping: Isaiah Bailey's cuff dunk or the fact he shoved his teammate off the ball to break free for the aforementioned cuff dunk (h/t L.A. Times).

Playing for the Compton Magic Elite at this past weekend's 2013 Pangos Spring Sweet Sixteen at Cabrillo (Long Beach, Calif.) High, the four-star Class of 2014 recruit tossed a teammate into the front row in order to secure a fast break. And secure it, he did.

Bailey cuffed the ball on his right wrist and threw down a ferocious one-handed dunk over a hustling defender who probably would have been wise to avoid posterization.

Regardless of how he completed the dunk, the event is a big deal, and so is Bailey. LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce, John Wall and the biggest name in NBA circles this week, Jason Collins, are just a handful of players who have participated in the event.

As for Bailey, the 6-foot-5, 170-pound junior small forward captured Second Team All-Area honors from Long Beach's Press-Telegram this past winter after leading Compton (Calif.) High to a berth in the CIF Division III state tournament. Ranked No. 89 in his class nationally on the Rivals 150, he already owns a handful of Division I offers.

Compton High was also home to Toronto Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan, who won the 2008 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Competition as a prep and has twice competed in the NBA's Sprite Slam Dunk Competition. Not sure he ever used the old throw-your-teammate-into-the-front-row cuff dunk in either competition.

Just for fun, here are a few other notable Compton High alumni: Morgan Freeman's son Alfonso, Hanna-Barbera co-founder William Hanna, former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider, NWA founder Eazy E and rapper The Game.

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