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Nebraska senior soars above defender on potential dunk of the year

Cameron Smith
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Josiah Gustafson might not look like the most obvious super dunker, but the Omaha (Neb.) Millard North High senior can really, really get up. He proved that better than ever before on Saturday, when he took a loose ball on a fast break and soared completely over the head of a Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast High defender Aaron Walker.

As you can see in the video above, Gustafson sized up the unnamed Southeast foe as he closed in on the basket on a fast break. Then, instead of putting up a running shot as he headed into the lane, or attempting to allude him in the paint, the Millard North senior instead decided to just go right over Walker.

The result was one of the more spectacular dunks of the season at any level, with Gustafson sending the Millard North home fans into absolute delirium. Even more impressively, Gustafson was fouled in the process, with the senior calmly stroking the subsequent free throw for one of the more emphatic three-point plays you’ll ever see.

By game’s end, Gustafson had added 15 other points to the two he earned on that breakaway bucket, enough to lead his squad with 18 points in a 60-44 win. The dunk was no minor factor in the victory, either, serving as a focal point in a 17-3 Millard North run that opened the third quarter and paced the Mustangs to their 16-point victory.

"That dunk was a factor, no doubt about it. When you go from a seven-point lead to a 10-point lead, that's big, but when you do it like he did, that gets everyone going," Millard North coach Chip Bahe told the Lincoln Journal. "He got after it."

Bahe’s take is convincing, but Gustafson may have put it even better himself in a brief tweet that accompanied an Instagram photo of himself soaring over Walker.

“Look out,” he tweeted.

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