The viral video of the day yesterday was a young man named Justyn Mutts deciding that he would try to test the guest of honor at Victor Oladipo’s Skills Academy.
He challenged the Oklahoma City star to a dunk-off, and he lost in about the most embarrassing fashion possible: by getting windmilled on:
And here’s another look at the dunk:
NEW YORK (AP) Notre Dame, coming off an Elite 8 season, will play Colorado and Texas will meet Northwestern in the semifinals of the 10th annual Legends Classic at Barclays Center.
The semifinals will be Nov. 21, with the championship and consolation games the next night.
In addition to the games played in Brooklyn, the four semifinalists will host two games each on campus beginning Nov. 12.
Eastern Washington will host Bryant, Louisiana Monroe and Seattle in a subregional round on Nov. 21-22.
Pittsburgh will face SMU and new coach Tim Jankovich, and Michigan meets Marquette in the semifinals of the 22nd annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, which returns to Madison Square Garden this year.
The semifinals are Nov. 17 with the championship game the next night. The tournament moves back to Madison Square Garden after being held at Barclays Center.
Jankovich took over the Mustangs this week following the resignation of Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
In addition to their games in New York, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Marquette and SMU will host two games on campus, beginning Nov. 11.
UPUI will host Eastern Michigan, Gardner-Webb and Howard in the subregional round Nov. 18-19, in Indianapolis.
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Forward Chris Reyes will play at Pepperdine this season as a graduate transfer from Utah.
The school said Wednesday that Reyes will pursue a master’s degree in learning technology. The 6-foot-7 forward has one year of eligibility remaining.
Reyes averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 36 games last season for the Utes before graduating with a communications studies degree. As a sophomore, he started 33 of 35 games. The Utes made the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons.
Reyes spent his freshman year at Saint Mary’s as a redshirt before moving on to Citrus College. He is from La Verne, California.
Waves coach Marty Wilson says Reyes will fill an immediate need with his size, strength, athleticism and toughness.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) George Mason has extended coach Dave Paulsen’s contract for another year through the 2020-21 season.
Athletic director Brad Edwards announced the extension Wednesday. Edwards said it a way to recognize Paulsen’s work of getting the men’s basketball program “back on firm footing” in his first season as the Patriots’ coach.
George Mason went 11-21 but had an Atlantic 10 all-rookie team pick in guard Otis Livingston II, who started all 32 games and averaged 11.9 points.
Before taking over at George Mason, Paulsen won four regular-season Patriot League titles as the coach at Bucknell.
I’m posting this with the same qualifier we put on every mixtape: You CANNOT scout off of a mixtape.
It’s a highlight video.
But Bam Adebayo, being 6-foot-9 and as powerfully athletic as anyone is a loaded class, is a highlight machine, which is why this mixtape is worth watching:
Shaquille O’Neal once famously told the story that Derrick Coleman was the only player in the NBA that had ever dunked on him.
But he let his son, Shareef, a top 75 player in the Class of 2018, dunk on him:
There’s a reason for it. It’s practice dunking over bigger competition and avoiding someone trying to take a charge.
Shaq is letting his son posterize him on camera.
Dad of the Year.