FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 14: Mekhi Becton #77 of the New York Jets runs drills at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on August 14, 2020 in Florham Park, New Jersey.
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton shares a high school basketball photo featuring him roughing up another player.

New York Jets fans who remember basketball two and three decades ago certainly remember the Patrick Ewing-led New York Knicks.

Without a ton of top-end talent, Pat Riley‘s Knickerbockers roughed their way to NBA prominence. If not for Michael Jordan, at least one championship would have probably happened.

Bodies on the floor, tough defense and a workmanlike attitude endeared that Knicks squad to an entire city. Today, we now know which current Jet would have had a shot to fit in with that team.

Mekhi Becton could have served as Charles Oakley’s backup, something that became obvious Friday when the Louisville product shared a photo from his high school basketball-playing days.


It’s obvious: no foul.

Becton, 21, attended Highland Springs High School in Highland Springs, VA, and was a stud in more than just football. Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing, well, whatever he weighed then, the kid was surely more than enough to impose his will on other smaller big men on the hardwood back in the day.

No. 33 was as fluid as a high school basketball big man could be:

Unfortunately for the basketball world, the kid’s hoops game is history. Today, he’s become arguably the Jets’ most valuable player in just his first year.

When he’s out of the game, the Jets offensive line looks lost. It can’t get the push it needs and whichever quarterback is back there usually takes a beating.

The New York Jets are preparing to take on the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, and Mekhi Becton—after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury—looks ready to roll.

Sam Darnold, who also looks good to return, has to be giddy about that idea.


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