WATCH: Northwestern Wildcats Guard Blocks Shot With Patented LeBron James Maneuver

Published 02/14/2021, 12:21 AM EST
Sep 4, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the third quarter in game one of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James had the highlight play of one of the greatest NBA Championship wins of all time when he pulled off a chase-down block on Andre Iguodala. That move has been common in basketball, but LeBron has made the move become more than just a regular block. Every time someone pulls it off as LeBron did, it is something to talk about.

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Chase Audige is a young guard for the Northwestern Wildcats and lived up to his name by pulling off a chase-down block in the game between the Wildcats and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. While he didn’t lead his team to a win, it was a highlight moment from a packed slate of Saturday night games.

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The Wildcats would lose the game by 14-points and would just score 5o points. However, their defense had a good game as they let 64 points in, holding Rutgers to under their season average.

LeBron James: Got the chase-down block back in vogue?

LeBron James is one of the primary reasons that players nowadays perfect the chase-down block. If there is any athletic player that can jump up from behind a player and swat shot against the backboard, they should do it. It is the best form of defense on fast-break situations and sometimes can be a game-changing black.

Jan 17, 2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Northwestern Wildcats guard Chase Audige (1) shoots the ball against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Audige showed massive amounts of effort in going back to make sure he can block that shot. However, the Wildcats would still fall to their 12th loss this season.

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They have managed only 6 wins this season, and four of them came in the first few weeks of the season. This team has struggled to be competitive in the Big 10 this season.

The Northwestern Wildcats are a good team that may have a great season next year. Thankfully, they have no graduating seniors on the team.

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Along with that, not many of their players are considered to be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. If their players can do more LeBron James-esque stuff, maybe next season is a brighter spot to look forward to.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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