Tuesday night marks the first full slate of basketball games to open the season.
In preparation for what’s bound to be another great year of rim-rattling dunks, ankle-breaking moves and fantastic finishes, below is video of some of the top plays from last season.
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
Last December, Andrew Wiggins and his Huntington Prep (West Va.) teammates came through the D.C. metro area to play in the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha. But in their first game, it was Riverdale Baptist senior Nigel Johnson (now at Kansas State), who stole the show with this thunderous jam (H/t Capitol Hoops).
DORSEY GOES FISHING
With a national television audience watching, Paul VI guard Kevin Dorsey nailed not one but two buzzer-beating shots to help lead the Panthers to the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Missouri. Here’s video from the first game-winner (H/t YouTube user tagsgf).
Dion Wiley of Potomac (Md.) got rolling early in his breakout junior season with this one-handed dunk at the National High School Hoops Festival (H/t The Basketball Diary).
DARIAN DELIVERS A MIRACLE
In the first step of St. John’s march to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, Darian Bryant hit this incredible shot from halfcourt to give the Cadets a thrilling first-round win against DeMatha (H/t Capitol Hoops).
BRYANT BALLS OUT
With 2012-13 All-Met Player of the Year Kris Jenkins now at Villanova, Gonzaga junior Bryant Crawford is expected to have a big year. But in his first full season since breaking his leg as a freshman, Crawford had a few noteworthy highlights. Check out the first minute of this video (H/t YouTube user Prominent44).
And what would a string of highlights be without an Aquille Carr mixtape? Check out the former Princeton Day star’s last high school mixtape by The Mars Reel.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 16
Unanswered points scored by Westfield to stun previously undefeated Lake Braddock in Saturday’s Virginia 6A North region semifinals. Lake Braddock’s coach and players reflected on their season in this article.
(ANOTHER) VIDEO OF THE DAY
Speaking of top plays, check out this reel of the top football plays from this season and click here to vote for what you think is the best one.
-Junior Etou is back in the news after FIBA declared the former O’Connell standout ineligible to compete this summer. WCAC coaches have called for Etou’s eligiblity and the school’s WCAC title to be re-investigated but the commissioner said no such investigation will happen.
–Michael Cunningham was ruled ineligible to play for DuVal this season after he was found to have exhausted his four years of eligibility by the MPSSAA.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
Gonzaga at O’Connell, 7:30 p.m.
O’Connell begins its WCAC boys’ basketball title defense against the WCAC regular-season champion in what should be an intense matchup to open the year.