Dakota Simms seems on track for greatness and is hoping the NBA changes its age requirement so he, like Dawkins, can go directly to the NBA from high school.
Simms' jump shot is masterful; a basketball fan might consider it art.
He elevates through his legs, toes pointed downward and back straight, and strokes the ball toward the hoop, following through as if he were painting a wall with his fingertips.
He practices the jumper and other elements of his game every day, staying at the gym until he makes at least 200 three-point shots with an NBA regulation ball.
And Dakota is only 9.
"That form is great. There's some guys in the NBA who don't have form like that," said ex-Atlanta Hawk and NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins after he and the youngster met at Philips Arena's practice court for a friendly three-point shooting contest from the NBA arc.
"The fact that he's able to make that many shots is pretty incredible," Wilkins said. "If he stays focused like he is right now, he'll write his own ticket."