“He's a good basketball player,” Kruger said. “He rebounds it. He picks up loose balls. He scores. He'll knock down a three when they need it. He'll drive or get to the free-throw line. Block a shot. He just does a lot of stuff. Other guys around him benefit from that and a lot of good players around him. He's a terrific kind of a stat stuffer. He does everything.”
Including throwing an alley-oop to himself. While the world saw Franklin do that for the first time, it wasn't his first attempt at the dunk. Franklin pulled the maneuver during high school, an AAU game and several summer league games, according to an article in Sports Illustrated.
“He seemed like he was confident in finishing it,” Oklahoma walk-on James Fraschilla said.
Fraschilla is the guy on Oklahoma's team known for making trick shots, although he said he would never be able to make that dunk. When Fraschilla saw the clip, he could see two people on Oklahoma's team trying it: freshmen Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield.
“The first thought in my mind was that probably Isaiah would try something like that,” Fraschilla said, “and if he missed it he wouldn't play the rest of the season.”
So add confidence to the list of Franklin's many on-court qualities. Mark it down right next to “everything else.”
“Good shooters shoot the ball well; good players impact the game when they do other things when they're not shooting the ball well, and that is certainly him,” Kruger said of Franklin. “He's going to impact the game regardless of how he's shooting the ball.”