Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 1:52 pm  |  47 responses

Videos: NBA Players In HS/AAU

Iverson, T-Mac, Kobe, Durant and more…

Let’s take it back. Way back.

Below is footage of various NBA players in their adolescence, all rawer than sushi. There are clips from both the high school and AAU circuit, with some epic matchups: Ty Lawson and Kevin Durant taking on Blake Griffin; Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon going possesion-for-possesion with Tyreke Evans; Akron LeBron vs. Oak Hill Carmelo; and more. Individual highlight reels are also on display (Kobe, T-Mac, etc..), forming a wide spectrum of eras and athletes. We’ve even got Allen Iverson pre-Georgetown and Kyrie Irving giving us a glimpse of the future. Enough with words—I’ll let the moving pictures do the talking.

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  • tRay

    Josh Smith’s was banoodles lol

  • AD

    A.I was doin sum will smith fresh prince stuff lol……

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    AI… if only people knew what he would become.

  • marc

    I remember i seen oj mayo play in vegas and i was like there is no way he is the same age as me lol

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Man, AI let that thing go from behind the hash mark… On somebody! OMG!

  • spit hot fiyah

    blake couldn’t find a bigger t-shirt?

  • cramzy

    @ad drose vs tyreke looked like fresh prince vs marcus stokes

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    josh smith was legitimately scary in high school. good Lord.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Watching that Iverson tape did my heart good. Sigh.
    And BC, small correction. He let two go from the hashmarks on cats. Crazy.

  • D12FSU

    wow, can you imagine going up against these guys in HS? Knowing therye going to the nba. I would be afraid of Josh Smith lol

  • D12FSU

    also that was the first blake griffin high light ive ever seen with no dunk

  • robb

    Josh Smith’s last dunk was crazy

  • Cole

    I feel bad for Blake Griffin, his team sucked. Kevin Durant was killing them. I watched all 10 of them and it’s cool to see these players when they were in highschool.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I was referring to the one in the corner, Allen. But yeah… He did that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Josh Smith looked like he was better in HS.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    Josh Smith was crazy in HS. Also that pass by Lebron at 2:00 was insane.

  • mike

    Blake looked like ass back then.

  • mike

    Kyrie’s that rare point guard prospect who actually has a jumper.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Co-sign Bryan re: Josh Smith

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Tyreke Evans jumper has gotten worse? atleast it looks worse now. And did he hit a huge growth spurt after that video took place?

  • KwamePooh

    lol KD looked like Michael Kyle Junior from my wife and kids

  • kz

    this. is. awesome.

  • kz

    wasn’t rondo on josh smiths team

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    kz: Rondo and Josh Smith played together at Oak Hill Academy. Smith was on the Atlanta Celtics (not pictured here) for AAU, with Dwight Howard and Randolph Morris.

  • http://flickr.com/drosario davidR

    dope post. josh smith… good lord.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I hope the Hawks move him to the 3 spot full-time so he can drop some weight and regain that quickness he seems to have lost.

  • slamfan4life

    DRose…..clutch since he was like….16…lol


  • Tyrant56

    KD was about to fall out his jersey, boy was an even smaller twig

  • Bill

    anyone else notice in the first video xavier henry?

  • Cameron

    T-Maccccccc…….please come back to your old self and get some new knees

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKZ-KmR5Qw Max

    Tmax looks to have long ass arms, and Blake couldn’t jump back then ?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKZ-KmR5Qw Max


  • BigJ

    what i really want to see is the beasley durant tag team WHEN they were kids

  • Jahi Salaam

    daaaamn. all of them were getting OFF. did you SEE how far back ya boy Al was? 4 point shot! lol

  • Pugz

    Kyrie Irving… good lord hes gonna be a stud

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble Triple Double

    Best thing on SLAM in about a year.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    savants….just savants

  • http://www.courtvisionmag.com caseyouainthurd

    Looking at Blake Griffin back then who would have ever guessed a future number 1 overall pick? It was also good to reminisce when Bill Walker was one of the best dunkers on the planet. It’s hard watching a shell of himself on the Knicks

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    1 dunk in that entire clip from Blake Griffin, haha.
    And you can tell just how special T-Mac is from that 1 minute video–look at the court vision and the athleticism. Mac really had the full package.

  • Rick

    GOD made Allen Iverson for basketball could have gone down as the greatest ever had he won 3 rings.

  • Bayer

    dope instrumental on the last video.

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    co sign teddy, Tmac had it all. Such a shame.

  • mustard

    oj mayo vs lance stephenson might just be the most redundant vid of them all…


    Josh Smith was going HAM!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG he was nasty!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    kyrie’s body control and handles r absurd.

  • mattyp32

    I remember watching kyrie 2 yes ago at a tournament in providence outscore the entire Albany city rocks aau team that had about 8 scholarship players on their team at the time. I think he finished with about 54

  • come on son

    game tied at 75 tyreke cant even play defense? just reach and take the loss