Randy Moss is a Hall of Fame receiver but his exploits on the basketball court at DuPont High School in West Virginia were just as impressive as some of his catches on the football field.
Outside of Jerry Rice, there may be no greater wide receiver in NFL history than Randy Moss. The former Marshall superstar was a Heisman finalist and went on to a record-setting rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings where he won the Rookie of the Year. Later, he’d set the single-season touchdown record on the receiving end of passes from Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
But before that, he was putting up 30-point games and highlight-reel dunks as a high school basketball star at DuPont High School in West Virginia.
The story of Moss’ high school career has been mentioned many times before. Moss was a high school teammate of longtime NBA point guard Jason Williams. Their high school highlights were even used in a commercial when both were professionals.
Moss was a two-time Bill Evans Award winner as the best basketball player in West Virginia, which is incredible when you consider the talent of Williams who actually was an NBA talent. During his senior season, Moss put up video-game numbers, averaging 30.2 points while shooting 60 percent from the field, 13.7 rebounds, 5.1 steals, 3.8 blocks and 3.1 assists. He finished his career as his school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,713 career points.
These numbers tell part of the story, but for the visual representation, you have to see this ultra-rare footage of Moss balling in high school. There was no high definition back then. There were no camera phones documenting every second of every game, so this rare footage of Moss embarrassing teenagers in high school is like the Holy Grail of high school highlight videos.
The high school basketball highlights of Randy Moss are straight filthy
These highlights are similar to the football highlights we saw of Moss at Marshall and later in the NFL. When he was high-pointing the ball over shorter defensive backs, you can see the basketball background paying off nicely.
It’s fair to wonder what could have been if Moss decided to pursue college basketball on top of football. Thankfully, for Vikings and Patriots fans, especially, Moss knew he had no future in the NBA after mixing it up in a pickup game with Kevin Garnett.
“For some apparent reason I just said, ‘Check ball,’” Moss said. “This is really what discouraged me. You and Schea Cotton helped me go to football. I stutter, then tried to go to the hole real quick. Laid that thing high off the glass where that white box is. You went up there and cleaned my ball,” Moss said. “You went up there and cleaned it. So when you went up there and cleaned it, I looked up there I’m like, ‘Man, they can jump that high.’”
“Shoutout to you and Schea Cotton man, because if y’all really wouldn’t had discouraged me to play basketball, then where would I be at today?”
Minnesota fans can thank Timberwolves legend for giving them another Minnesota legend.