NCAA tournament: Jabari Smith poster dunk inspires vintage Bill Raftery

Auburn made easy work of Jacksonville State on Friday, cruising to an 80-61 NCAA tournament win.

By the end of the game, it had turned into a showcase for the Tigers' NBA draft prospects. Take Jabari Smith, for instance. The freshman forward is on the very short list of players pegged for the No. 1 pick in June's draft. A 6-foot-10 forward who crashes the boards and shoots 42.8% from 3-point range, he's a prototypical NBA prospect.

He can also do this:

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That's Smith grabbing a long offensive rebound and punctuating Auburn's victory with an and-one poster dunk at the expense of Jacksonville State forward Brandon Huffman — much to the delight of his teammates and the broadcast crew featuring tournament staple Bill Raftery.

"Send it in, big fella," Raftery exclaimed. "With alacrity. Leave those chandeliers."

Nobody does it quite like Raftery.

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 18: Jabari Smith #10 of the Auburn Tigers dunks against Brandon Huffman #50 of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 18, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
Send it in, Jabari Smith. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

Smith finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists while shooting 4 of 7 from 3-point range — and providing one of the highlights of the first round.

Walker Kessler likewise impresses

His fellow NBA prospect Walker Kessler also had himself a day. The sophomore Auburn forward isn't in the top pick mix. But he's a 7-foot-1 two-way forward who can fill up the box score in his own right and is projected to hear his name called in the first round.

He demonstrated why on Friday, falling just short of a rare triple-double. Kessler finished the day with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. He hit the bench alongside the rest of Auburn's starters after Smith's poster dunk with 1:03 remaining, ensuring that he wouldn't pick up the garbage-time milestone. But still — not too shabby.

Auburn advances to the second round as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, where it awaits the winner between Miami and USC.