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HS junior channels Shaq, throws down one of the most vicious dunks you'll see

One of the most exciting events in basketball doesn’t even happen in the NBA anymore. In fact, it’s been 25 years since the play occurred at the NBA level thanks to new regulations on rim and backboard standards.

The play is shattering a backboard, a display of power that makes fans stare in awe or jump and cheer.

Brandon Weatherspoon, a junior at Canton High School in Mississippi, did more than witness a shattered backboard Tuesday; he caused it.

Weatherspoon intercepted a pass vs. Holmes County Central and was headed for a breakaway dunk.

Speaking of breakaway, that’s exactly what the rim did once Weatherspoon slammed it down.

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With all of the damage done to the rim and backboard, fortunately there was minimal damage done to Weatherspoon on his fall to the court.

According to Canton basketball’s Twitter account, the game ended after that play as it’s not easily to replace an entire backboard in short order. The Tigers won 45-25 and improved their record to 20-2.

A shattered backboard at any level is just something you don’t see everyday.

Brandon is the younger brother of Nick and Quinndary Weatherspoon, who currently play at Mississippi State. The elder two Weatherspoons are two of the top three scorers for the Bulldogs, and Brandon could head to Starkville in 2019.

The junior has received offers from Georgetown, Tennessee and Southern Miss but hasn’t yet heard from Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.

Brandon said his shattered backboard is something neither of his brothers ever did. But someone who knows the feeling that Brandon had after breaking the backboard is Shaquille O’Neal, who broke many a backboard throughout high school, college and the NBA.

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Perhaps Shaq’s most memorable shattered backboard occurred during a game of one-on-one with Ahmad Rashad.

Shaq’s devastating dunks were what led to the NBA’s tougher rim and backboard standards.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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