We know that headline hold an awful lot in it. We promise the 47 second video below will deliver on all its promise.
The player throwing down the insane 360 dunk in the video you see above, as sent in to Prep Rally by the good folks at iHigh, is Nino Jackson, a player at Columbus (Ga.) Kingdom Prep, a postgrad institution aimed at helping its students land at a Division I program. Jackson spent his four traditional high school years in Oklahoma, competing for Ardmore (Ok.) High while hoping to earn attention from any Division I recruiters.
Of course, as anyone who has eaten at Catfish Corner in Jackson's hometown will tell you, it isn't the kind of city that gets a whole lot of Division I recruiting traffic. Hence Jackson's postgrad year at Kingdom Prep, where he recently led the Lions to the NACA national championship, despite finishing the national final with just four players.
In fact, Jackson's athleticism is a big part of the reason that Kingdom Prep eventually emerged with a victory against Covington (Ky.) High to earn the NACA crown. Unlike most teams, Kingdom Prep competed at the national tourney with just five players.
Of course, because of talented players of Jackson's ilk, playing with just five on a roster isn't necessarily prohibitive to a program's success ... provided that the squad avoids getting into foul trouble.
When foul trouble does set in Kingdom Prep finds itself in a heck of a lot of trouble. Incredibly, that happened during the second half of the tourney matchup against Covington, with one of the team's defacto starters fouling out with 4 minutes remaining, leaving the Lions with just four able players on the court.
It was during that 4x5 spell that Jackson essentially co-opted the spotlight with the slam and subsequent rejection that you see above, leading the Lions to the promised land, and perhaps finally earning himself enough attention to land a scholarship at a major Division I program.
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