Even if you are Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant or a Duke basketball star, ordinary doesn’t get you on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
But to make the ESPN highlights as a Stony Brook basketball player, you have to be extraordinary.
Redshirt freshman forward Scott King of Derry was just that with his jawdropping alley-oop dunk on Jan. 26 in a 76-69 win over Maine.
Tommy Brenton, who had a triple double, is usually pin-point with his passes. But this one was a Tebowesque pass that seemed headed for the cheap seats. King soared, stretched, reached behind his head and threw it down with authority.
“I’m not going to lie, I’ve watched it quite a few times,” said the 6-9, 210-pound King. “It’s cool to see. I don’t know how I caught it. I don’t think I would catch that in practice. It was the adrenaline of the game.”
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said, “It was an unbelievable dunk, a spectacular play. I thought it would (make SportsCenter). It was that good. That’s a little bit of what he can do.”
Social media helped him get his day in the sun.
“After the game (which was on ESPN3), the athletic department was Tweeting about it trying to get on SportsCenter,” explained King. “Friends and family back home were Tweeting it and it got ESPN’s attention.”
Not a bad first dunk of his college career. He said he probably dunked every other game as a prep standout at Holderness and had a dunk or two his junior year at Pinkerton.
King was mostly overlooked in high school, perhaps because he was hard to spot at a rail-thin 185 pounds. He’s still no threat to win the Mr. America contest, but he continues to fill out.