The video that follows illustrates how much building a big vertical jump can pay off in high school. It shows a 5-11 player driving to the basket and dunking over a 6-6 defender in a state championship game played this month. Note when it is said he dunks over his opponent, that is to be taken literally.
Not every high school athlete will get such an opportunity but each and every athlete can vastly improve their vertical jump reach should they choose to do so. Big hops are not just for those born that way. Most athletes can work their way into that category as well.