An alley-oops dunk? Great block turns into even better slam … for other team

Cameron Smith

Here's one you don't see every day: A play drives the lane and elevates for the jam, only to be rejected by an opposing defender. Yet that block doesn't clear the zone, and a chaser comes and cleans up the mess with a slam of his own.

What does one even call that? An alley-oops?

Regardless of terminology, Nick Lyon pulled off the feat in a recent ScoutsFocus showcase, finishing a flush that was started by a teammate and sidetracked by an opponent. All of which goes to reinforce how important it is to never give up on a play.

In fact, that might be the most significant note to make about Lyon, too. The tenacious 6-foot-7 Mount Pleasant (Iowa) Community High forward isn't exactly a top national recruit, as he's flown way, way below the radar thus far. This despite some impressive performances for the talented Iowa Pump N Run AAU squad and a sterling 3.7 GPA, which would seem to make him an easy walk-on candidate at just about any program that wants him.

Still, if he keeps crashing the boards as he did on this slam, Lyon might just play himself on to a team somewhere. If nothing else, he clearly brings some good karma with him.

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