There are plenty of great dunkers in the Class of 2014. Few, however, have pulled off a more creative slam than the one L.J. Peak recently threw down in an AAU game.
Peak, a still slightly under-the-radar prospect from Gaffney (S.C.) High -- he allegedly has scholarship offers from South Carolina and Clemson while Notre Dame and Texas have also expressed interest -- is competing for the Forest City (N.C.) Heat AAU program's 15-and-under team. The video you see above was captured during an AAU tournament in North Carolina, where his team earned the AAU North Carolina 15-and-under state title on Sunday.
While Peak and his teammates provided handfuls of highlights over the weekend, none compared to Peak's dunk, a full 360 with the completely unique twist of the freshman's takeoff. As you can see, Peak takes off backwards in mid-stride to the hoop, spinning counterclockwise on his way to the rim.
Granted, there are other prep athletes who have completed 360 dunks in a game, though they do make for a relatively short roll call. Peak, however, might be the first prep star to pull off his peculiar backward-spinning 360 slam. If there was any question over whether the slam just came naturally to the budding prospect, this video seems to indicate that it did not.
While Peak may currently be better known for this slam and his terrific set of dreadlocks than anything else, he has plenty of perimeter skills as well, as he proved by drilling not one but two buzzer beaters in a Gaffney victory against Irmo in late December.
Given his early returns, it seems likely that more such heroics -- and dunks -- will follow in the future.