Munn's Musings | Dec. 31, 2013
Editor’s Note: Vice President of Fan Experience Jeff Munneke is a beloved member of the Timberwolves family, and as an employee of the team since the inaugural 1989-90 season, he has a lot of on and off the court knowledge about the team. That ranges from top halftime acts and coolest players all the way to season ticket eating venues and most memorable games. Each week during the 2013-14, Munn’s going to share that knowledge with us through top-5 lists in this “Munn’s Musings” blog.
As we inch to the Saturday and the 18th annual Timberwolves Shootout we have explored participants in the Shootout who have gone on to best NBA careers, and top individual scoring performances. Last week we began the countdown of top 10 most memorable moments in Shootout history beginning with numbers 10 to 6. This week we finalize the top 5 moments of the Shootout.
5. Future Gopher and current Gopher coach Ben Johnson found every possible way to score against Joel Pryzbilla and Monticello in a DeLaSalle victory in the third year of the Shootout. Johnson scored on the baseline, on the elbows, under the basket and from the perimeter on his way to 41 points and the third highest scoring total in Shootout history.
4. In a battle of the big men, Princeton coach Eric Bjurman had future Badger Jared Berggren play behind future Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins AND had 6-foot-2 guard Phil Klaphake face-guard DeMarcus with waving his hands in his face. For the first half Cousins seemed amused and did not touch the ball more than a handful of times with Princeton playing it close to a loaded Leflore, Ala. team. The second half DeMarcus started to become a little more engaged if not annoyed and started to play passing lanes which included a steal on the wing and perhaps no more than 4-5 giant strides and a gigantic dunk that shook the entire basket and crowd for several minutes.
3. Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall) made two visits to the shootout and on both occasions it was quit memorable with not only his playing ability but his showmanship. In a victory over Minnetonka he had a three-minute sequence in which he hit a 3, drove the lane and dunked right-handed, drove the lane and dunked left-handed then hit a 3 again all the while "reving" his wrist much to the delight of the 75-plus high school players sitting courtside taking in the game.
2. What is fast becoming one of Kevin Love's nightly signature plays, back in 2006 his full court chest passes were of underground legend until we saw for ourselves several minutes into the Lake Oswego vs. Osseo game. Tied at 4-4, Kevin ripped off a rebound and with a quick turn and a one step FULL court chest pass delivered perfectly to a streaking Pat Adelman (Yep Rick's son) for a lay in. Five seconds of stunned silence and glances to each other suddenly erupted into high five's, laugh's and text messages to friends not in attendance of what just happened.
1. Oak Hill, playing a national schedule, had not lost a game in two seasons and also boasted the number No. 1 rated point guard in the country, future Duke recruit and Twolves draftee Will Avery. Mpls North had a pretty fine point guard (Khalid El-Amin) that to that point may have not received the attention of some of the other top recruits and he may have been on a mission. North had taken a 4-2 lead with a quick Jabbar Washington bucket on an assist from El-Amin as well as a dribble drive basket when the flood gates were about to open. Avery zig-zag dribbled up court against North's full court press when El-Amin reached in left handed and batted the ball to his right and with one motion lofted a pass that looked to be headed out of bounds......that is until 6-foot Kevin Holley from North levitated on the right baseline 40 inches in the air, grabbed the ball back on his numbers and threw down a monster two-hand jam that had 5,000+ shootout fans going nuts......that began a 12-2 North run that Oak Hill could never recover from. The basket by the way I swear was still swaying by the time they went back to the North end.