A lot of people know about the Canadian Michael Jordan, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. They've even bestowed the nickname "Maple Jordan" upon him.
But now people are also learning about the Canadian version of Blake Griffin, and while "Maple Griffin" might be a bit shorter, he’s no less explosive than the Los Angeles Clippers star.
As noted by CBC News, Auburn Drive High (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) star Johneil Johnson earned a new nickname and set the Canadian Internet alight during a game against Dartmouth High (Dartmouth, N.S.). In the midst of what eventually became a 97-78 victory for Auburn Drive, Johnson cut toward the hoop on a fast break with teammate Levi Smith. With Smith nearing the basket and Johnson trailing about two steps behind, Smith lobbed up a breath-taking assist off the backboard, placing it perfectly for Johnson to soar in and slam the ball over a defender, a la Blake Griffin.
"I've been playing with him a long time," Johnson told CBC News. "So when he gave me that look, I knew what was going down."
In this case, a throw down of epic proportions was going down. Like Griffin, Johnson didn’t even touch the rim. He elevated completely above the rim and threw the ball the rim. Want to be even more impressed? Johnson is only 5-foot-10, a full foot shorter than Griffin.
Perhaps that should make Griffin the American Johneil? Not yet, but with Johnson’s athleticism you never know what will happen in the coming years.
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