North Carolina sophomore provides hoops season’s first terrific thunder dunk

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

America, the prep basketball season has liftoff.

While most of the nation remains focused on the high school football playoffs, basketball competition in some states is already under way. North Carolina is among them, and the state now provides us with the first unbelievable dunk of the 2013 prep season.

The player you see throwing down the thunder dunk in the video above is Robinson (Concord, N.C.) High sophomore Jordan McKenzie. As noted by USA Today, Robinson was taking on Northwest Cabarrus (Concord) in a season opening matchup when he elevated for a missed shot and flushed the ball on the way back down.

Flushed might be an understatement. The 6-foot McKenzie positively destroyed the rim on that put-back dunk. You can see the dunk up close in the Instagram video below. Needless to say, the two points for the dunk were easily the most emphatic of McKenzie’s game-high 20 — not to mention 7 rebounds and 6 assists — in a 77-49 victory.

Perhaps we’ll see more of this in the near future from McKenzie. He's only a sophomore, and he clearly has the athleticism to stand out on the North Carolina circuit.

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