Ranking the 10 Best NCAA Basketball Highlight Tapes Released in Summer of 2013
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
It's the most depressing time of the year for college hoops fans. It's almost impossible to get your hoops fix in August. The camps are finished. AAU ball is coming to a halt. Football is all the rage.
So if a fan or TV station captures a few dunks and puts some beats behind it, creating what the kids call a mixtape, we'll take it.
These are the best 10 videos we could find from the summer that included current players or incoming freshmen. Enjoy.
10. Marquette's Davante Gardner Shows Big Boys Have Hops Too
If you're making a list of the best college basketball players who spend a majority of their time below the rim, Davante Gardner would be on that list. The wide-bodied Marquette big man has great feet and soft hands, and he uses his backside well.
So it was kind of a surprise to come across this video of Gardner rising up and throwing down. Twice.
9. Florida Strongman
Think Billy Donovan's crew is a bunch of sunshine-seeking pretty boys? Umm...Not after watching this.
The Gators win the award for most creative offseason workout routine. No wonder Patric Young is such a monster.
8. Michigan's Nik Stauskas Makes It Rain
OK, maybe Nik Stauskas didn't literally make it rain, but making 46 threes in the rain is just about as spectacular.
Technically, this video was made in April and not this summer, but it was in the offseason and is just too good not to include.
7. Louisville's Montrezl Harrell at the U-19s
This video is lacking a beat that seems to go with all of the highlight tapes these days. Doesn't bother me. Shouldn't bother Louisville fans either.
Sit back and enjoy the progression of big man Montrezl Harrell. Watching Harrell at the U-19 World Championship brought one word to mind: power. His post game is still a work in progress, but he's just so powerful that he overwhelmed the poor big boys at the U-19s.
This isn't a highlight video in the traditional sense, but P.J. Hairston dominated the college basketball headlines this summer, and this song is just too good not to share.
Great lyrics. Surprisingly good vocals. And don't get your feelings hurt and close the window, UNC fans. There's a video you'll want to see later in the countdown.
5. USA's U-19 Top 10 from Training Camp
The most entertaining team to watch this summer was the USA U-19 team. They make several appearances on this countdown, and this top 10 from their training camp was a sneak peak at what they would become in Prague.
Do not give up on the countdown early. Make sure you make it to see the No. 1 play. The alley-oop finish by Aaron Gordon might be the dunk of the summer.
4. Andrew Wiggins Makes KU Debut
Andrew Wiggins made his unofficial debut at Kansas during a scrimmage at Bill Self's camp against alumni. Wiggins dunked 13 seconds in with NBA big man Cole Aldrich deciding to be a spectator instead of contesting.
This is only one play, but it's enough for Kansas fans to simply play on repeat and get giddy for the season.
3. UNC's J.P. Tokoto Dunkfest in Milwaukee Pro-Am
If you're making a list of the best dunkers in college basketball, North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto better be on that list.
Tokoto could also be the Tar Heel in line to replace Hairston if Roy Williams or the NCAA ends Hairston's career. Tokoto's jumper is suspect, but his ceiling is high if he ever adds an outside shot to complement his freak athletic ability.
2. Arizona State's Jahii Carson at Adidas Nations
Oh, Jahii Carson. You fancy, huh?
Carson's handle is enough to mesmerize. He also has nice vision, a solid mid-range game and the ability to finish with flare. He's as complete a point guard on the offensive end as you'll find in the country.
Best part about this highlight package: It took place over one weekend.
1. Aaron Gordon's Overseas Mixtape
Arizona-bound forward Aaron Gordon led the USA U-19 team in scoring and highlights this summer at the World Championship.
This is Gordon's second appearance on the countdown, and it's not overkill. He has a nose for the spectacular. And he provided enough highlights in Prague to claim the top spot.