The Best YouTube Highlight Reels from the 2014 NCAA Basketball Recruiting Class
In the basketball-less void of the long summer months, YouTube gives starved college hoop fans an outlet to temporarily ease their desire for dunks and crossovers, especially when it comes to recruits.
The class of 2014 has its footprint all over the video sharing site. Read on to see some of the best YouTube highlight reels from the 2014 college basketball recruiting group.
It might just make the four months between now and tipoff pass a little bit faster.
Who knew the baby hook shot could be so exciting?
The mixtape for Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit for 2014, does exactly what a good highlight reel is supposed to do. It takes all the best aspects of Okafor’s game (rebounding, post play, blocks and dunks) and presents them in a flashy and exciting manner.
The peaceful piano music in the first couple of minutes in Tyus Jones’ highlight reel could lull you to sleep in a similar way that Jones lulls defenders asleep with his hesitation dribbles before blowing by them.
Jones’ mixtape is a dazzling array of passes, ball-handling skills and defensive wizardy that shows exactly why so many top programs covet his point guard services so much.
This Justin Jackson highlight reel is the Wrigley Field of highlight packages—instead of obnoxious and generic hip hop beats blaring over the loud speaker it purely consists of nothing but the sport you came to watch.
This is just a relentless onslaught of play after play that shows exactly why North Carolina fans should be excited about adding this wing to the mix in 2014.
Rashad Vaughn’s highlight reel lures you in with a display of impressive dunks, but unlike a lot of other mixtapes it then expands to emphasize a number of different strengths he possesses.
Vaughn’s passing ability, nose for the rim and sweet stroke from behind the three-point line all make cameos in this highlight reel. Whichever powerhouse program lands him with be in good shape.
In case it isn’t perfectly clear from this highlight package, Justise Winslow is a freak athlete.
He is one of the best dunkers in the class of 2014 (which works perfectly for YouTube mixtapes), can leap out of the building and attacks the rim with tenacity. He will be a special player wherever he ends up.
Follow and interact with college basketball writer Scott Polacek on Twitter @ScottPolacek.