He hits like a snowplow and runs like a singed cat.
This much we know about Jadeveon Clowney, athletic freak and potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The only weird question remaining among certain Clowney skeptics is a question that shouldn’t even matter at all.
“Sure, he’s fast. But can Jadeveon Clowney even dunk?”
Judging by this video of him playing in a 2012 basketball game, the answer is, “Yes, he can dunk. This man can practically fly.”
According to TMZ, Clowney was participating in a charity basketball game in 2012 when he took off and slammed home a ridiculous off-the-glass alley-oop dunk.
The ball kissed high off the backboard, and Clowney went up and got it. This is how you make iron cry.
The game reportedly benefited the iCHOPE Foundation for underprivileged youth, and TMZ reports that Clowney’s teammates recalled him throwing down a number of highlight-worthy slams.
It’s no secret that Clowney experimented with hoops in high school. He was respectable, averaging nine points and nine rebounds per game for South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C.
The young football star wasn’t much a shooter, however. Clowney told reporters at South Carolina’s 2013 SEC Media Day that slam dunks were his primary offensive weapon.
Clowney on basketball Clowney: "all I did was dunk." Also, "360 dunks are pretty fun." They seem fun.— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) July 16, 2013
Can’t disagree with that assessment. Like throwing completions into triple coverage, dunks are way more satisfying when you purposefully make them more difficult.
With that, consider the myth of the Clowney Dunk put to rest. The man is an absolute physical anomaly. Professionally speaking, it doesn't look like he has issues with motor heading into the NFL draft, as his former coach implied.
Granted, it's a basketball game in 2012—but it's also a charity game. Sitting around and loafing are almost encouraged at these things. Perhaps Clowney just needs an appealing target to be encouraged to get up and go.
I see him tipping passes at the line and bringing the ball down with enough force to knock over a running back once he breaks into the league. You throw it out there and Clowney can't help but go up and get it.
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