- GOODNESS GRACIOUS, JABARI SMITH!
- Auburn’s star forward threw down a mean poster dunk on Friday and his teammates were in complete awe.
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Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. could become the No. 1 overall draft pick in June’s NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound 18-year-old averaged 17.1 points, 7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2021 and is trying to lead the Tigers back to the Final Four for the first time since 2019.
So far, through one game, he is doing his part.
Smith scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in an 80-61 First Round win over Jacksonville State on Friday. In the process, he baptized a Gamecocks defender into the shadow realm with a vicious dunk that will live on a poster for the rest of time.
Late in the second half, Smith took a triple from the center of the arc and missed, but the rebound graciously bounced off of the rim back right into his hands. Rather than pulling up once again, he put the ball on the floor and drove to the rim.
From there, most of the Jacksonville State defenders got out of the way. Except one.
Brandon Huffman slid over to try and block Smith’s attempt, which was a huge mistake. He got dunked ALL over.
Smith got WAY up over the fellow 6-foot-10 forward and threw down on top of his head. It was nasty, take a look:
JABARI SMITH FOR THE LOVE OF ELEVATION pic.twitter.com/IXlERkfByy
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Meanwhile, as Smith sent Huffman into an early retirement, his Auburn teammates lost their collective mind along with every single person watching at home. The dunk was practically a crime.
The Tigers went on to win the game and will advance to play the winner of USC and Miami. Maybe the Hurricanes and Trojans will learn from the Gamecocks and get the heck out of dodge if Smith is coming through the lane.