Remember when former NBA guard Smush Parker punched a teenager during a pick up basketball game? Many wondered at the time what a high schooler was doing competing against an established NBA veteran. Well, now we have a better idea: He’s pretty talented on the court himself.
On Saturday, Wolfgang Novogratz led Harvard-Westlake to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV title with a 66-49 rout of Salinas Palma. Novogratz paced the Wolverines the whole way scoring 26 points all while ever-improving dunk phenom Cassius Stanley stole many of the headlines with an incredible finish off a long distance lob from Novogratz.
You can see a close-up of Stanley’s wild slam below.
Novogratz is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard who holds scholarship offers from Northwestern and Villanova, among other programs. He’s yet to commit his future anywhere yet, though the Brooklyn native and “9 by Design” and “Home by Novogratz” scion can only have helped his future prospects with a dominant run through the California state playoffs.
Regardless of what happens next, Novogratz will have well-won pride over his state title, and his ability to survive and advance after taking a strong Smush Parker hook to the face. From the looks of his interview with the Los Angeles Times, the attack didn’t do much damage to his face long term, which is all for the best.