It’s one of the holy grails of slam-dunk competitions – throwing it down after jumping from the free-throw line. Philadelphia legend Julius ‘Dr J’ Erving became the first to do it in the 1984 Slam Dunk Contest, while Michael ‘Air’ Jordan produced an iconic free-throw line jam (albeit stepping a bit over the line) four years late to edge out Dominique Wilkins in the Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest at Chicago Stadium.
But a high school player from Oxford, Mississippi, has trumped both NBA giants, leaping from beyond the FT line and making the dunk. Shelby McEwen fittingly achieved the phenomenal feat in the Jordan Brand’s “First to Fly” competition in Las Vegas, claiming worldwide attention as a result.
McEwen’s airtime and extension are incredible, while what his celebration lacks in technique, it makes up for in enthusiasm.
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