In an age where it sometimes seems more important how high one can jump rather than consistently put the ball in the basket, it’s a sign of the times, as the game we know and love gets faster and is played higher above the rim.
Case in point, is how arguably the nation’s best collegiate player, monstrous 7 foot center Jahlil Okafor of Duke, went #3 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, despite winning a National Championship, being named ACC Player of the Year as a freshman, and has been touted as the best low post offensive threat since Tim Duncan.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is high flying Class of 2016 forward Miles Bridges, who has been a regular YouTube sensation for his penchant for throwing down ferocious windmill slams and posterizing opponents on the high school level.
The 6’7 and 230lb rising incoming senior is a Top 10 rated hoops prospect by ESPN, one of the best rebounders by his position in the country, and recently cut his commitment list a few months ago to 5 schools, including Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa State, and Michigan.
Bridges also recently was one of the stars at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge along with event MVP Malik Monk and Team Canada sensation Thon Maker. He played alongside fellow elite prospects Gary Trent Jr and Charlie Moore on the Team USA Midwest squad.
But it was Bridges that had the highlight reel moment of the entire Tourney as he amazingly threw down a crazy off the backboard alley-oop that sent the arena into a frenzy….
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.