It really is a sign of the times that video compilations of high school athletes throwing down earth-shattering dunks are so popular online.
After all, it’s the perfect combination of social media, condensed storylines and a constant eye on the future.
Here are the best high school mixtapes that 2012 had to offer. Surprisingly, none of them include perfect free-throw form, boxing out or drawn charges.
Aquille Carr’s mixtape has everything you can ask for in a condensed highlight package.
The 5’7” guard slices through defenders with amazing ball-handling skills and quickness, dishes out a few no-look passes, demonstrates a certain amount of brash cockiness/confidence and wows us with his amazing vertical leap for dunks over players that stand more than a foot taller than him.
This Seton hall commit has had some legal problems, but that doesn’t take anything away from the amazingness that is his jumping ability.
Breaking news: Andrew Wiggins can dunk.
The best part of this mixtape may be the dramatic opening of the music. It is basically foreshadowing the explosion of talent that we are about to witness in the next two minutes.
It is clear why Wiggins is the most sought after recruit in the entire 2013 class.
If Kentucky lands this kid too, the rest of the country may as well quit.
There really is nothing like an incredible exclamation point to end a good mixtape.
Julius Randle provides us with just that with a reverse, between-the-legs dunk that he probably won’t have the space needed to pull off in a game.
Throw in a few swats, spin moves and the occasional jumper, and it’s easy to see why this Texas native is so sought after, especially among the best teams in the Big 12.
Simeon High School in Chicago dispatched Perspectives-Calumet 82-42 in this highlight package, and that 40-point differential was a direct result of Jabari Parker’s 21 minutes of action.
Parker scored 40 points, good enough for a school record, and demonstrated exactly why he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated before even choosing a college.
Andrew Wiggins is rated just above him as the No. 1 prospect on Scout.com, but whichever school lands Parker will have themselves one of the best recruiting prizes in quite some time.
I guess it is possible to put together an exciting highlight mixtape that features more than just dunking.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison dazzle in this video compilation of fluttering jump shots, impressive passes and mind-blowing crossovers.
Oh those crossovers.
The rich really do get richer with John Calipari landing this incredible package deal.
If a video mentions that a certain player has the most “bounce” at UNC since Vince Carter, people tend to take notice.
J.P. Tokoto chose to take his sky-walking talents to the same school as Carter and Michael Jordan, so he will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to keep the dunking tradition alive.
His mixtape is an inspiring collection of his qualifications.
With apologies to a certain former Laker, Shaquille Johnson may be the highest flying Shaquille of all time.
If you need proof, just pause that video at 45 seconds. I hope he doesn’t get sick at that elevation.
Here the Auburn freshman is showing off his skills at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach as arguably the best high school dunker in America.
Now that the NCAA has officially declared Shabazz Muhammad eligible, it’s not hard to tell why UCLA is a dark horse Final Four contender despite the fact that it missed the tournament last year.
Muhammad has the speed to get around defenders, the touch to float shots over them and, because it’s a mixtape, the hops to thrill the crowd watching in the arena and behind their laptops.
You’ve officially been warned Pac-12.
Rodney Purvis’ mixtape is a bit longer than a lot of other ones, but I don’t think anyone is really complaining.
That just means more Purvis highlights.
It is clear why North Carolina State fans are feeling optimistic as the 2012-13 season begins to heat up.
The combination of Purvis and Lorenzo Brown is as formidable as they come.
You don’t come across a 7’5” high-school student very often, so there was no way Mamadou N'diaye’s highlight package was missing the cut.
You would think someone who was that imposing would be able to find a better landing place than UC Irvine, but who am I to judge.
If you think N'diaye is fun to watch in high school, just wait until he gets a shot against the centers in the Big West Conference.