There I was sitting on the couch at about 4:30 with BC3 passed out on my shoulder. I couldn’t move or I’d be risking him waking up, freaking out and ruining the end of the Auburn-Xavier Maui Invitational showdown. And then Auburn 5’10 or 5’9 guard Jared Harper took off on a drive toward the right side of the basket and dropped one of the most beautiful dunks I’ve ever seen out of a guy his size. Guys, we need to stop and appreciate what we’re seeing here.
I couldn’t even move to grab a screenshot of the dunk. BC3 was snoring on my shoulder. I just had to hope that some of you were watching and recording. Thanks for thinking of me, guys. Let’s not waste time. Go to the video.
Auburn’s team site lists Harper at 5-11, but I think we all understand that the team sites always gives players an extra inch or two. From his bio:
Named Second Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the conference coaches … selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District IV team … tabbed to the SEC Community Service Team … averaged 13.2 points, 5.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 30.5 minutes per game … started all 34 games as the floor general … ranked third on the team with 27 games in double figures … made team-best 74 of 86 free throws with under 4 minutes to go … knocked down 166 free throws, the 4th-most in single-season program history … became 1 of only 2 players (KT Harrell) to be in Auburn’s top 10 for single-season freee throws and also made at least 50 3s in the same season
I need some sort of player to root for that’s interesting enough to get me through a dark winter and all the way to April. Harper seems to be that guy, along with Zion Williamson, but I’m now partial to the little guy going up and absolutely shoving a basketball down Xavier’s throat.
And it was in a victory. You guys should know by how that I’m all about respecting a big play so much more if it comes in a win. You can show me Odell’s one-handed catch a thousand times and I’ll still say, yeah it’s nice but they lost.