As far as baskets off inbounds plays go, it would be hard to top the one scored by San Jose (Cal.) Archbishop Mitty School star Aaron Gordon at the 2013 Hoophall Classic.
The Hoophall is an annual prep basketball fest that takes place of MLK weekend, featuring some of the top talent from around the country. The 2013 edition was no exception, with the likes of Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young High, Tilton (N.H.) School, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon High, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, Lone Peak (Utah) High and Archbishop Mitty among the headliners.
Among all the top prospects featured at the event -- and both the top two overall prospects, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, were in attendance -- no bucket may have been as forceful as Gordon’s rather authoritative slam.
With his Mitty team holding an inbounds pass on the baseline to the right of the backboard, Gordon exploded to the hoop from the opposite top of the key. He elevated toward the rim just as an inbounds pass came in, eventually flushing home a right-handed jam above (or perhaps on top of, depending on your angle of view) a Lone Peak defender in the paint.
The dunk helped Gordon save some self respect in the face of Mitty’s nasty beating at the hands of Lone Peak, which eventually left the Springfield event with a one-sided 81-46 victory.
Final results aside, Gordon still turned plenty of heads with 27 points and 12 rebounds, none more impressive than his emphatic inbounds slam.
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