Isaiah Briscoe couldn’t have scripted this scenario any better.
Here he was on the break in a nationally televised game against Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in January, and once the defender caught up to the St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) guard, Briscoe could only think of one thing.
“I was thinking, ‘I’m gonna dunk on this guy so hard and the crowd is about to go crazy,'” said Briscoe.
Only the reality didn’t lineup with the split-second daydream.
Instead, Briscoe’s “SportsCenter” dunk clanged against the back of the rim and went flying back toward the 3-point line as he crashed onto the shiny hardwood floor.
“I was so embarrassed, man,” Briscoe said. “I mean, things like that happen in basketball, but still… I don’t think it can get any more embarrassing than missing a dunk on the break. I mean c’mon. You’re not supposed to do that as a baller. That’s the worst.”
We didn’t have any trouble finding a handful of guys who shared those sentiments, so we had them relive the moment they’d love to forget and even dish on the best way to play-off the embarrassment.
Tyus Jones, Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.), PG, 2014
The Initial Reaction: “To be honest, I’ve got a combination of embarrassment and worrying that the other team is gonna chase the ball down and get an easy layup. So I think that’s worse because you’ve got to worry about two separate things there.”
The Play-off: “The best thing to do is make-up for it on the next play. I think you’ve definitely gotta do something to redeem yourself on that one because you can’t be missing dunks on the break. Nah, can’t have that.”
Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), PG, 2013
Signed to: Washington
The Initial Reaction: “My stomach starts to get in knots and things like that. I’m definitely embarrassed. I think people don’t think we’re ever supposed to miss a dunk so when it happens it’s probably the most embarrassed you can feel on the court.”
The Play-off: “I’ll be honest, you’re not gonna get out of this one. You’re not playing this one off. You can believe that. It’s something you’re just gonna have to take on the chin. Just take those jokes from everyone because you’ll probably make it worse trying to play it off.”
Isaiah Briscoe, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), G, 2015
The Initial Reaction: “I can’t even believe that it just happened. I’m definitely not trying to make any eye contact with anyone that I know in the stands. I already know my teammates are probably gonna clown, but I try not to think about it. That’s impossible though.”
The Play-off: “You might just wanna act like you’re hurt, but, I’m gonna be honest, a lot of people already know that trick so it’s probably not gonna work.”
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