Malik Harrison is not a basketball player. He’s an Ohio State linebacker, and an effective one, having recorded six tackles in the Buckeyes’ 2017 Cotton Bowl win over USC.
But there’s no denying the sophomore has hops. Harrison, who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds for Walnut Ridge High (Columbus, OH) in 2014-’15, showed off his dunking ability with the NBA All-Star Game set for this weekend. Check out Harrison on the hardwood in the video below:
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Harrison played sparingly as a freshman, notching just 13 total tackles and one sack. He had a bigger role in 2017, though. He finished the season with 36 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass deflected.
In high school he was a do-it-all player on the gridiron. In addition to being Walnut Ridge’s starting quarterback for three seasons, he played strong safety and punter.
On the hardwood, he helped his school to its first state tournament since 1971 in 2014-’15. He was honorable mention all-state, too.
This isn’t the first time Harrison’s dunking exploits have hit social media; he won an impromptu team slam dunk contest last season.
The Dunk Contest field includes Dennis Smith Jr., Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr. and Donovan Mitchell. Harrison won’t be added to that group, but boy, wouldn’t it be entertaining if he was?
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