Nerlens Noel is a 6-foot-10 18-year old from Everett High School in Massachusetts, rated as the #1 player in the class of 2012 by ESPN, poised to be the heir apparent to Anthony Davis at the University of Kentucky. He was in the middle of an on-campus pick-up game against a bunch of kids as a thank you to all the people who’d camped out for tickets to the school’s Big Blue Madness event when he went up for a dunk. The picture you see above this paragraph is the exact moment when everyone in attendance goes from “YEAH DUNK IT” to “oh my god we’re all doomed”.
For whatever reason, Noel bricked the two-handed dunk and went straight to the ground on his back. It’s hard to say what was going through the minds of the Kentucky fans watching, but the phrase “wailing and gnashing of teeth” comes to mind. If he’s hurt, there go the national title hopes. Luckily for everyone, he was all right. Want to know why? Because a child broke his fall.
Now that you know everyone involved is ‘find’, check out the video of the dunk, after the jump.
Maybe “the jump” was a poor choice of words. Congratulations on not losing your next magical giant, Kentucky. Keep those kids around to carpet the court.
[h/t to The Dagger]