But Dominique Hawkins was about to convert a play that would bring a packed gym to their feet.
The 6-foot-1 guard caught an alley-oop pass in the air with one hand, then slammed it through the basket for a thunderous finish.
"I didn't think it was that big until I saw the video," Hawkins said. "Then I was like 'Dang, I can't believe I did that.'
"My wrist was bruised the next morning, I had to ice it a little bit. It's alright though."
But the Madison Central standout can do more than dunk.
Hawkins added 29 points in the Feb. 1 matchup against Louisville Trinity, while being guarded most of the night by five-star football standout James Quick.
He also scored 29 (on 11-for-18 shooting) in a December contest against Travis (Texas) HS, a team that features a starting backcourt of Kentucky signees Aaron and Andrew Harrison--the two highest rated guards in the country.
In a Jan. 29 matchup against Henry Clay (Ky.)--a team that starts three potential Division 1 signees--Hawkins finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
"I love how much WKU stays in contact with me," he said. "Coach Harper came and saw my game against Trinity.
"He said he thought I played really good, and he wants me to come down there real bad (to WKU). He thinks I could become the starting point guard there."
Hawkins is also forming a close relationship with WKU assistant coach David Boyden.
"Me and him (Boyden), we talk like we're best friends," the senior said. "We talk before games, tell each other good luck and stuff.
"He wants me to come down there too, wants to coach me."
Hawkins said a Tennessee coach watched him play recently, but hasn't had much contact with them.
"I guess they (Tennessee) are watching me, just want to keep looking at me," he said.
The 6-foot-1 guard said Morehead State coaches come to watch many of his games.
"The only thing about Morehead (State) is, I don't know what kind of team they'll have when I get there," Hawkins said. "I know Western Kentucky will have a great team when I get there, though.
"But I like their (Morehead's) school and stuff, just like Western."
The Madison Central senior said he 'probably' won't visit Morehead State, having already seen the campus last year, but said he does want to visit WKU soon.
"I've heard the fans there (at WKU) are crazy," Hawkins said. "I want to get up there for a game.
"I was supposed to go to one recently, but I had a game of my own to play in. Hopefully we can work it out soon, might have to wait till after my season's over to visit."
With basketball's signing period approaching on April 17, will Hawkins ink with the Hilltoppers?
"There's nothing I don't like about Western," the senior said. "I'm just weighing my options out, making sure it's the best place for me before I commit."