Mixtapes of high school players throwing down violent dunks were once one of the most popular videos on YouTube. Ankle-breaking crossovers, chase-down blocks, and flashy skills amused us, and with every click, the mixtape legends were born. Some of them have lived up to their hype, and others have peaked in high school. Here are some of the best high school mixtapes of all time.
Honorable mentions: Marcus LoVett, Austin Rivers, Shabazz Muhammad, Shaquille Johnson.
John Wall, Word of God
John Wall is the uncrowned king of the high school mixtapes. Even though he was not the biggest guy on the court, Wall’s highlights are staggering. Wall was playing with massive confidence at such a young age. If you were an NBA GM at the time, you thought that this guy could play professionally at the highest level the next day; that’s how good Wall is on that mixtape. And if you were a basketball fanatic in those days, you probably thought that the next big thing in basketball is coming.
Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day
Nobody had the hype that Zion Williamson had playing in high school. Zion was a man among boys, and his size, quickness, and explosiveness were something that many NBA players were scared of. Things he did in high school looked impossible and jaw-dropping. His soared dunks and effortless swats were something that was never seen in that age —actually, Zion did many unimaginable things before he showed up on the basketball map. Everyone who watched his mixtape thought the same thing – this is a one-of-a-kind talent.
Brandon Jennings, Oak Hill Academy
One of the most impressive HS mixtapes was the one of Brandon Jennings. He had that streetball attitude and handles to go with it. Jennings was smooth with the ball, and his moves even scared some NBA players. Brandon was the defenders’ worst nightmare because they had no idea what he would pick out of his sleeve every time he had the ball. As a result, his threes of the dribble were unguardable, and Jennings was often called the cheat code.
Seventh Woods, Hammond School
Seventh Woods had an all-time high school mixtape, but eventually, he didn’t live up to the expectations. Woods became a nationwide sensation after his high school highlight reel went viral in 2013. The thing that stood out was that even though he was a freshman, he dominated on the court. Woods showed a lot of athleticism and basketball skills – dunks, blocks, and tricky shots, and his basketball videos are still one of the best.
Aquille Carr, Patterson
Aquille Carr’s mixtape had many fans in the basketball community, probably because he was an underdog. Carr was only 5-foot-6 but made up for his lack of height with quickness, athleticism, and top-of-the-game handles. His nickname was “The Crimestopper” because crime rates in Baltimore were rumored to go down during his games, and that’s all you need to know about how good Carr was.
Ronnie Fields, Farragut Academy
If you saw Ronnie Fields play, for a moment there, you thought of Michael Jordan. The moves, the jumper, the dunks, and even the number – Fields was a high school imitation of MJ. Fields was just brilliant on the court, and he was supposed to go to DePaul, but unfortunately, he broke his neck in a car crash in 1996. To this day, Fields is still known as one of the best dunkers in high school basketball history.
Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep
One of the first things you notice about Andrew Wiggins‘ high school videos is that he already had an NBA size. That meant he could dunk on whoever tried to stop him, and he could bully his way to the basket anytime he wanted to. Wiggins was athletic and long, and those who watched him knew that he would succeed in the NBA.
Derrick Rose, Simeon Career Academy
Derrick Rose‘s mixtape is similar to John Wall’s – he was just too quick and too explosive for his defenders. His first step was unmatched, and once he got ahead of you, Rose would just rush through the lane and end the play with a ferocious dunk. Rose also had some mean chase-down blocks. So, yes, the hype was real.