Nick Johnson learns complete game

Taught by a father who was one-dimensional, son has all the skills

Originally Published: February 26, 2014
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

TUCSON, Ariz. -- He could dunk. Oh my, how he could dunk. Blessed with an otherworldly 52-inch vertical leap, Joe Johnson skied over kids on the playground in California, towered over the competition at the College of Southern Idaho and at Arizona State. He once even bested two NBA stars in a contest, throwing down on an 11-foot, 7-inch rim for a $50,000 prize and a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

He was so good, so famous for his ups, they called him "Jumpin' Joey" Johnson, an ...

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