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(NEW YORK) — A photo of an Illinois high school basketball player who appears to be floating on air has the Internet going nuts.

The amazing picture of Champaign Central High School junior Walker Stillman was captured by local photographer Liz Brunson at the perfect moment during overtime in Friday’s game.

Stillman, a guard for the team, says he knew he had no chance at the rebound so he just relaxed mid-air.

“Most of the people I’ve heard from ask me, ‘What were you doing?’” Stillman told local newspaper The News-Gazette. “I had jumped for a rebound and saw that it wasn’t coming my way so I kind of stopped what I was doing.”

Initially he thought it was just a funny picture, but once it started getting national attention, his fellow players began sending him screenshots of tweets and memes of the image. Many on social media have questioned whether or not he’s a Jedi.


Just awesome. You can’t convince us this kid is not some sort of Jedi using his powers to levitate. pic.twitter.com/YLkAlcycgD

— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 23, 2016


For her part, Brunson told the paper that she’s shocked by all the attention the image has received.

“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 said. “I just thought it was funny, had no idea that it would go viral like that.”

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