Insane Top of the Backboard Jump & Back Flip By 6'3 Texas Freshman Kerwin Roach Jr

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I'm not sure what I find more impressive about 6'3 Texas Longhorns freshman Kerwin Roach Jr and his cat like hops: his ability to touch the top of the backboard or ability to do a back flip that would make Simone Biles proud? If that wasn't enough, he's a track and field standout too.


The feat may come as no surprise of fans who have watched his preps track career. Roach captured gold in the triple jump at last March’s Texas Relays with a personal-best distance of 50 feet, 8 inches. He was the only competitor at the Relays to clear 50 feet. He also captured the 6A state title in May with a leap of 50 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

But does he know how to use those hops in a game?

Yes he does and the North Shore High School State champion who started his prep career as a 5'10 freshman was not only one of the most underrated players in the country on the court but he's a standout student off of it:  Roach had a 3.9 GPA and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class!

So how do you like them apples?  Hook 'em Horns!

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle