BY PETER HAILEY
Wizards fans know John Wall is fast, and Wizards fans know John Wall likes throwing alley-oops. But what happens when you combine those two things?
In a recent YouTube video put out by Dime Magazine -- which happened to name Wall as the fastest player in the NBA in its recent rankings -- Washington's All-Star pulls off a self alley-oop. But it's not the normal self alley-oop that you're thinking about -- there's no pass off the backboard or bounce off the ground involved.
Instead, Wall starts off at one end of the court, throws the ball sky-high towards the opposite rim, and then catches the pass himself at the other end for a sweet reverse finish. Check it out for yourself:
Sure, the camera shake after the toss is a bit sketchy, and yeah, #2 says at the end of the video, "Perfect...fake though," but the fact that someone can say, "John Wall threw himself a full court alley-oop," and you don't immediately dismiss it as impossible, speaks to how absurdly athletic the 24-year-old really is.
Looks like Randy Wittman may have a new play to add to his bag of tricks for next season.
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The first big move of NBA Draft night - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski - was to help Atlanta land Virginia's De'Andre Hunter.
Per Wojnarowski Atlanta has acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans, which they got from the Lakers in the mega-deal for Anthony Davis, for the picks No. 8, 17, and 35. With that fourth overall selection, the Hawks plan to take Hunter.
Hunter, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of UVA's national championship team this past season, was profiled in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series.
In his interview with NBC Sports Washington, Hunter described what he expects draft night to be like for him and his family.
"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."
In another pre-draft trade, the Suns have acquired the No. 11 pick and forward Dario Saric from the Timberwolves for the No. 6 pick, per Wojnarowski.
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It's NBA Draft night! That means prospects are about to begin the most exciting time of their professional lives. It also means they're going to show up in wild, sometimes fly, sometimes ill-advised outfits on the red carpet.
Here's a quick roundup of what everybody's rocking this year.
Bol Bol, Oregon
Is this one of the boldest draft looks ever? Hard to top rhinestone spider webs.
RJ Barrett, Duke
Bright pink suit, custom Canadian flag lining and spiked loafers. A whole lot of look for Barrett.
Zion Williamson, Duke
Williamson went with a cream satin tuxedo without a tie.
Cam Reddish, Duke
Reddish opted for a gold-on-black print jacket and black shirt and pants, finished off with a simple gold chain.
This post will continue updating throughout the night
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