Mixtape Masters: Shaquille Johnson and my favorite hoops mixtape of the last decade

Shaquille JohnsonBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Poor Scholars returns today with a new series we’re running entitled: “Mixtape Masters”.

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

And this Shaquille Johnson mixtape is worthy of the hype.

Have you watched that video yet? Did you watch it a second time? Shaquille Johnson is still one of the best in-game dunkers I’ve ever seen in person, with effortless and unlimited hops and ridiculous body control that helps him hold and contort for an extra half-second in the air.

This mixtape is all dunks and massive blocks (with two three-pointers!) but it’s still one of my favorites of all-time because of Johnson’s jaw-dropping athleticism.

Johnson was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and spent his freshman season at Auburn, but was dismissed for violating team rules over the summer before enrolling at Northwest Florida State, a JuCo powerhouse.

Hopefully Johnson finds his way back onto a D-I roster following his stint in JuCo so he can find his way back into the highlights.

At nearly three million hits for this mixtape, numbers don’t lie. Shaquille Johnson can fly.

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