The hops. The pose. The number. The name. The brutal poster dunk. It’s all right there.
But this isn’t Michael Jordan somehow transporting himself back to college hoops. No, this is Rysheed Jordan, a 6-4 sophomore guard from St. John’s who did a picture-perfect impression of His Airness this weekend. The two Jordans aren’t related genetically — only cosmically.
First, the video evidence of Jordan (Rysheed, that is) posterizing Villanova’s Dylan Ennis:
Yikes. Ouch. Man, oh man. Let us all pray for the soul of Dylan Ennis [insert three prayer-hands emojis].
But — somehow — Jordan’s dunk is even better in photo form:
Could it be any more perfect? Surname: Check. Jersey number 23: Check. Legs splayed in the air: Check. Dunking with the right hand, left hand cooly by his side: Check, and check.
Look familiar? Here’s Michael Jordan’s iconic Jumpman logo:
Perhaps Rysheed has been spending too much time lately watching Gatorade’s classic “Like Mike” spot:
Now, want to feel old? When that ad first aired in 1992, Rysheed wasn’t even born yet. He entered the world in ‘94.
No word on whether, for his next Jordanesque feat, Rysheed plans to dunk from the free throw line in a future St. John’s game.