Someday an uptight college coach may bench Jahii Carson if he ever breaks this move out again, but the highly touted 5-foot-10 guard nonetheless delivered a memorable highlight at the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas on July 23.
First, Carson strips the ball from a Dallas Mustangs point guard in the front court. Then the Compton Magic guard finishes in transition with a move straight out of a slam-dunk contest, bouncing the ball high off the floor with his right hand, catching it above the rim and slamming it home for a two-handed self alley-oop.
The play showcased the ball handling, quickness and athleticism that has made Carson one of the most sought-after point guards in the Class of 2011. The Mesa, Ariz., native has scholarship offers from Pac-10 schools UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State among others, and is also drawing interest from the likes of North Carolina and Memphis.
Amazingly, the one-man alley-oop may not have been Carson's most significant highlight from that Adidas Super 64 game. He also split two defenders and scored the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer over fellow elite recruit LeBryan Nash, staving off a furious comeback from the Mustangs and capping a 29-point performance.