Rakease Passmore is the most recent pledge to Kansas basketball, but he flushed a nasty dunk on a fellow Jayhawk when they competed against one another.
With the recent addition of top-50 wing Rakease Passmore, the Kansas Jayhawks have the third-best 2024 recruiting class nationally. They also hold commitments from No. 1 center Flory Bidunga and Labaron Philon.
Both of Passmore’s future teammates have some sort of connection to him. Philon competed with him on Team Thad, a Tennessee-based EYBL squad, and Bidunga is responsible for one of the best highlight reel plays of his career.
While Bidunga was playing with the Indiana Elite squad during the 3SSB circuit, Passmore showcased his 46-inch vertical by dunking all over the 6-foot-9 shot-blocking phenom.
See it for yourself:
That play speaks for itself. It isn’t often that you see a 6-foot-5 forward in high school dunking on one of the nation’s premier rim protectors. Passmore is no stranger to tough competition, as his high school, Combine Academy, is consistently ranked a top ten prep school for basketball. They travel almost weekly to take on the toughest opponents there are.
We can expect a lot more of dunks like this from Passmore, who has already drawn comparisons to Kansas basketball legend and now NBA player Ochai Agbaji. Here is a scouting report of him from 247 Sports’ Adam Finkelstein:
“Passmore is a strong and athletic wing. He’s a major threat in transition where he runs the floor hard and can rise-up for the type of explosive finishes that can immediately change the momentum of a game. He’s a downhill straight-line driver, who doesn’t have a ton of wiggle to his game, but can go through contact. He’s made strides as a shooter and has become capable from three with room and rhythm. Passmore is also a projectable defender with a real chance to become a weapon on that end of the floor because he can get low in his stance, slide his feet laterally, and absorb contact in his upper body.”