California sophomore throws down poster dunk of the season in state title game

Ben Rohrbach
Prep Rally

Jeremiah Headley picked a heck of a time for the first of what will likely be a career full of posterizing dunks.

As first discovered by the L.A. Times, the Redondo Beach (Ca.) Redondo Union High sophomore wing threw down one of the fiercest slams you'll ever see over an awaiting opponent to put the finishing touches on his school's first ever California state boys basketball championship.

Forget FGCU and Dunk City. This is Redondo Beach, kids.

With 39.3 seconds remaining, Headley climbed over the poor College Park player trying to draw a charge, giving the Sea Hawks an eight-point lead on their way to a 54-47 win.

"That play is a play for the ages," Redondo coach Reggie Morris Jr. told the L.A. Times.

The slam by the 6-foot-6, 175-pound junior varsity transfer from Lawndale (Ca.) Leuzinger High made SportsCenter's top 10 list. More importantly, his dunk helped deliver California's Division II crown to a program that finished just 10-17 last season.

Headley totaled 19 points and 13 boards in the game for the Sea Hawks (28-8) -- more than three times his season averages entering the state tournament. He's already being considered a rising recruit in the Class of 2015. Clearly, part of the reason for that sudden arrival on the national recruiting scene is his fierce athleticism.

If nothing else, that slam is a pretty good way to announce his arrival to the nation.

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