Here’s one way to win a slam dunk contest: Leap over the tallest player in high school basketball, 7-6 Tacko Fall.
That was the approach 6-1 Rutgers signee Corey Sanders used Friday night as part of the 17th annual Hardwood Classic, the two-day Florida vs. the USA all-star event in Orlando. The USA team included players from Michigan, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, California, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Most of it was will power,” Sanders told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve jumped over plenty of people, but that was the tallest person I’ve jumped over. It was a good accomplishment.”
Fall helped a little bit — or was making sure he didn’t get kicked in the face — by bending his head to the side. Sanders put his hand on his back as he made the leap.
The result was a perfect 10, as you’d expect.
On Saturday, Sanders (West Oak High, Orlando) had 17 points and seven rebounds and was named Florida MVP in a 95-86 loss. Fall, a Central Florida signee from Liberty Christian Prep in Tavares, had 10 points.
South Carolina commit P.J Dozier (Spring Valley; Columbia, S.C.) was named MVP for the USA with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. North Carolina signee Luke Maye (William Amos Hough; Cornelius, N.C.) led Team USA with 17 points.