Meet 'Float Boy,' the High School Basketball Player Whose Impressive Jump Is Captivating the Internet
02/23/2016 AT 03:05 PM EST
He is Float Boy, né Walker Stillman, a junior at Champaign Central High School in Illinois. Snapped by longtime local photographer Liz Brunson, Stillman has achieved a measure of Internet fame for his hops, and Stillman's mom, Jane – who happens to be the high school's assistant principal – announced her intention to "hang it on the wall … so when he gets old he can remember how high he used to jump," she told Champaign's News-Gazette.
"Most the people I've heard from ask me 'What were you doing?' " Walker explained to the paper. "I had jumped for a rebound and saw that it wasn't coming my way so I kind of stopped what I was doing." The school's athletic director, John Woods, posted video of the play so people could see it wasn't fake:
Brunson, who's been photographing at Central for more than a decade (her kids graduated from the school), said she never thought the photo would go wide the way it did.
"I really didn't have much reaction when I saw the shot because I've taken plenty of pictures of Walker and I know he can jump," she told the News-Gazette. "I just thought it was funny, had no idea that it would go viral like that."