Is YouTube celebrity Shaquille Johnson the best high school dunker in Georgia history? That’s what we want to know.
One popular YouTube video makes the claim that Johnson is the best in high school basketball. And they are talking about the USA, not just Georgia.
The 6-foot-4 senior at Milton High School is a rock star when it comes to dunking the basketball. Johnson committed to Auburn.
The jury is still out about how well Johnson can dribble in traffic or shoot from the outside (although his coach says he is vastly improved). But we know a few things. He can elevate. And he can dunk. In fact, last summer, we brought up how Shaquille Johnson might be the third-best dunker in the state of Georgia then — behind only Josh Smith of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and Travis Leslie at UGA. Some people laughed at the comparison, and it is kind of stretching it when you compare any high school player to any NBA player in any skill. Therefore, I’m changing my stance: With Leslie jettisoned out of state to the LA Clippers, Shaquille Johnson is now our No. 2 dunker in the state Georgia behind Smith. And if Smith gets traded …
Back to Johnson: More than a million views of his dunks published all over YouTube can’t be wrong. People are fascinated with his prolific slams. Count me as one of them. I know there is so much more to the game of basketball than dunking, but nothing generates more excitement in the crowd — for fans of both teams — than a good ol’ fashioned slam.
“I’ve heard some comparisons with Shaq’s style of dunking to Dominique Wilkins,” Milton coach David Boyd. “Just like with Dominique, Shaq jumps off both feet to dunk. Most people run and dunk off one foot. Jumping off two allows for a more powerful dunk.”
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