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VIDEO: Division III player hits head on backboard attempting chasedown block


An unusual and scary play happened on a chasedown block in a Division III game in Illinois on Wednesday night.

Augustana College was hosting North Central College in a CCIW conference matchup when North Central’s Blaise Meredith hit his head on the backboard going for a chasedown block on an Augustana player. Meredith went horizontal and hit the floor hard after blocking the ball below the backboard. Thankfully, Meredith was okay and returned to the game soon after.

While fans often take screenshots and make references to basketball players nearly hitting their head on the backboard on dunks or blocks (mostly Zion Williamson, let’s be honest here...), this is one of the few instances I can ever recall it actually happening. And quite violently. Thankfully, Meredith didn’t sustain a head injury. And hopefully, the next time he goes for a chasedown block, he has more awareness of the backboard.

Augustana won the game 76-59.