On Friday, Baltimore hoops phenom Aquille Carr was not expected to participate in the annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in California. Less than 24 hours later he was in Los Angeles creating quite a buzz, thanks to a dramatic, Friday night phone call from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association to his mother, clearing the rising junior from any eligibility concerns if he played in the game.
As it turns out, Carr did a lot more than simply play in the game, too; he was named the Elite 24 MVP after scoring 21 points and dishing out 10 assists. Still, it was an assist that didn't even count on the scoresheet that made the most noise at the event, thanks to a dramatic throw-down from fellow uber-hyped prospect Mitch McGary.
You can see the full effects of McGary's bombastic two-handed jam on the Venice Beach courts in the video above. After Carr went between his legs with a fancy dribble in the layup lines and tossed up an off-the-backboard assist for McGary, the Brewster (N.H.) Academy star grabbed the ball just above the cylinder and proceeded to tear down the basket's rim, creating a cascade of broken glass that came tumbling down on the power forward and the court all around him as Carr scampered away to keep himself safe.
"I'm the only white kid here, but I guess they can call me White Thunder now because I broke down the backboard," McGary told an ESPN reporter immediately after the incident.
Despite having to leave the Venice Beach courts in an ambulance, McGary was back at the Elite 24 event shortly thereafter, following what Twitter user BrewsterHoops -- the official Twitter account of Brewster Academy head basketball coach Jason Smith -- said was a hospital stint that required some 37 stitches to close lacerations in the big man's left shoulder.
The breakdown dunk, which came in warmups for the Elite 24 all-star game, also caused significant delay, with the start slowed while staff found and installed a new backboard. That search took long enough that McGary was able to return following his litany of stitches and return to the Venice Beach courts before the game was concluded.
All in a day's work for two of the country's top prospects, one of whom wasn't even supposed to be at the game mere hours before he left his mark.