What you are about to see is, by all appearances, actually real. Unexplainable, preposterous, utterly indescribable -- but real.
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The video embedded above, which took over the sports Internet on Wednesday, shows Victor Dukes -- a high school sophomore in Jonesboro, Ark. -- quite literally taking flight to throw down a vicious one-hander while looking down at the rim and injuring some poor wannabe defender in the process.
It purportedly comes from a matchup between Dukes' Nettleton High squad and intrastate opponent Manila High, at something called the NEA Tournament -- all of which checks out.
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The video must be seen to be believed, but here are a several reasons why it's an all-time classic dunk clip:
- The earnest play-by-play man's giddy call: "Oh, my goodness ... He just injured a player with a dunk!"
- Dukes somehow gains more altitude with a mid-jump after-burst, which looks physically impossible but is in fact not unprecedented in basketball history.
- Victor Dukes is a sophomore in high school.
- The moment at :06, where we can pause the video to see Dukes looking down at the rim.
- The fact that the teammates of the poor kid who got so epically dunked on are considerate enough to help him up from the floor instead of doing something like this.
- The moment at :10, where said attempt fails and the kid slumps back to the ground in a pained, humiliated, wholly defeated pile of posterization aftermath.
- Did we mention that this kid is just a high school sophomore?
Maybe we'll have to add him to this video roundup someday:
1. Derrick Rose
The Chicago Bulls point guard starred at the Windy City's Simeon Career Academy in high school before playing one season of college ball then getting picked first overall by his hometown pro team in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was league MVP in 2011, and is currently on the road to recovery from a serious knee injury.
As a high schooler, he was the top-ranked player in the country. This video, which has over 2.6 million YouTube views, makes it easy to understand why.
Thumbnail image courtesy RitterCommunications via YouTube
This story originally published on Mashable here.