A local photographer in Champaign, Illinois, captured a photo of Champaign Central High School’s Walker Stillman appearing to levitate during a basketball game Friday evening, according to Champaign's News-Gazette.
In case you haven't seen it, my photo of Walker Stillman that has gone viral-ish. @maroonathletics @HoopinMaroons https://t.co/GcKBLScLEk— Liz Brunson (@Liz Brunson) 1456010838.0
The picture quickly went viral.
"It looks like he's standing on a box and photoshopped the box out. This pic is haunting my dreams" - @Espngreeny https://t.co/mOOCBvFYUy— Golic and Wingo (@Golic and Wingo) 1456232550.0
OK @LizBrunson, we'll see your #FloatBoy & raise you two #FloatNewsAnchors! Original pic: https://t.co/lUszf5NMQc https://t.co/QBm57JCVC5— Coy Wire (@Coy Wire) 1456236314.0
“You wouldn’t believe the attention,” photographer Liz Brunson told the News-Gazette.
“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,” Brunson added. “I just thought it was funny, had no idea that it would go viral like that.”
Walker told the News-Gazette about the play: “Most of the people I’ve heard from ask me ‘What were you doing?' I had jumped for a rebound and saw that it wasn’t coming my way, so I kind of stopped what I was doing.”
Walker’s mom, Jane, who is also the assistant principal at the school, plans to frame the picture.
“I’m going to hang it on the wall,” she said, “so when he gets old he can remember how high he used to jump.”
Central athletic director John Woods and Central coach Jeff Finke were able to provide video of the moment.
@lizbrunson video of the Stillman photo that went viral. No photoshop. Amazing! @sportingnews https://t.co/5CHZQZSgBc— Champaign Maroons (@Champaign Maroons) 1456080641.0
“We wanted to squash any rumors that it was photoshopped,” Woods said. “Or that Walker was a Jedi.”