Poster of the Week: Montverde Academy Star Jalen Duren
It’s the momentum shift, the power in the aftermath, the eye-widening reaction of the crowd just before they let out a collective “ooh,” it’s art, makes sense that it’s referred to as a poster.
Dunking over the top of an opposing player is, arguably, the top highlight in sports, but certainly the hardwood.
Each week SI All American will highlight that feat by scouring the country to find the top poster and crown that player with our Poster of the Week award.
This week, Montverde (Fla.) Academy forward Jalen Duren takes home the hardware.
In a recent game at the St. James NIBC Invitational, Duren caught a pass on the low block, took a simple drop-step and threw down a vicious one-hander over a defender who, in hindsight, should’ve just let him have that one.
“It’s an honor to win the Poster of the Week award,” said Duren, who was one of just five underclassmen named to the preseason SI All-American team. “It’s cool to see hard work paying off.”
Checkout the video at the top.
What Makes Duren Special: Duren has an NBA body with natural strength and all the tools on both ends of the floor that will make him an integral part of any college roster. His ability to overpower and score from the mid-range coupled with his high basketball IQ makes him a nearly impossible player to stop. When the time comes, Duren’s versatility, strength and motor will likely make him a high pick in the NBA lottery.