It looks like Marcus Ottey has broken the laws of physics, a subject the 15-year-old point guard won't even study in high school for another year.
The vertical that the Ajax, Ont., baller showed on a one-handed windmill dunk over a defender during the NPH Platform event in Toronto this week must be seen to believed. Not every dunk in a high school hoops event is exceptional, but this fit the bill. Ottey, the son of legendary Canadian high jumper Milt Ottey (and a relative of former track star Merlene Ottey), obviously has his own impressive set of springs. He's listed at an even 6-foot, but Marcus Ottey looked like a mini-Blake Griffin on that flush, only with a defender in his way instead of a Kia.
Hey, if highlights of adolescent hockey players performing seemingly extraordinary feats is blog fodder, the same goes for their peers on the parquet. Marcus Ottey is a long way from playing NCAA Division I basketball, since he might opt to spend another three seasons in high school and/or prep school after finishing this season with the J. Clarke Richardson Storm, one of the Toronto area's top hoops program. Sick dunk, though.
Ottey showed promise last summer when he was most valuable player in the U15 division at the Canada Basketball national championships, where he helped Team Ontario win the gold medal after hooping 26 points on 13-of-15 shooting in the final. It's also endearing that he earned his high school's responsibility award.
Between Andrew Wiggins (son of Marita Payne-Wiggins) and Ottey, Canadian Olympians' offspring are making their own way in hoops. Milt Ottey, who now coaches track and field, finished sixth in high jump in the 1984 Olympics and was a two-time Commonweath Games champ.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.
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