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JasonEvans
09-08-2010, 10:39 AM
I do not profess to be the person who came up with this nor do I necessarily agree with the rankings, but some dude spent a ton of time looking up clips of some of the best dunks and came up with a video highlight of the top 50 in college hoops history. It is pretty good, even if it naturally skews toward more modern stuff because there are not as many video sources of stuff done more than a decade ago.

Anyway, you can read a little bit about the compilation here (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Behold-the-50-best-dunks-in-college-basketball-?urn=ncaab-267988) or just view the entire thing (14 minutes long) here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0IekBVgCw).

I was a bit surprised that Grant's dunk from bobby in the 1991 NCAA championship game only made honorable mention. I think the significance of the game pushes it into the top 50. Frankly, the top 50 included too many "look at him dunk over that guy" dunks that became sorta old hat after a while.

My other comments--


#43 - Darrell Porter of Pitt over GTown is amazing athleticism.
#42 - Grant Hill over Jim McInvaine is one of only 2 Duke dunks on the list
#34 - Darrin Hancock of Kansas just hurdles some KSt dude. Sick!
#22 - A young Shaq. Wow, was he thin!
#20 - Auburn's Chris Porter has freakishly long arms
#14 - Vinsanity's reach against Clemson was absurd
#11 - Clyde Drexler gets ridiculously high. folks forget how athletic those Houston teams were in the early 1980s.
#7 - Dahntay Jones famous push-up dunk. It makes it more for the post-dunk celebration than the dunk itself. It is possible some younger Dukies have not seen this clip. It is a must see!!!
#1 - Send it Jerome! Probably the most famous dunk in college hoops history. Deserves its ranking.

--Jason "fun stuff, though a bit time consuming to watch all of it" Evans

CameronBornAndBred
09-08-2010, 10:50 AM
So no Kenny Dennard backwards over the head jam, huh? Bummer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tfBO9WWtF0

DukieBoy
09-08-2010, 11:07 AM
The Dahntay dunk is one of my all-time favorite dunks. The dunk itself was incredible, but as Jason said, it was the post-dunk pushups that made it famous

MChambers
09-08-2010, 11:22 AM
The Dahntay dunk is one of my all-time favorite dunks. The dunk itself was incredible, but as Jason said, it was the post-dunk pushups that made it famous

It was a great dunk, but I can't see how it compares to Grant's dunk against Kansas. I'd also like to nominate Phil Henderson's dunk over Mourning, but I suppose I'm just showing my bias.

slower
09-08-2010, 11:43 AM
#1 - Send it Jerome! Probably the most famous dunk in college hoops history. Deserves its ranking.[/INDENT]

--Jason "fun stuff, though a bit time consuming to watch all of it" Evans

Probably the most overrated dunk ever.

JasonEvans
09-08-2010, 11:53 AM
It was a great dunk, but I can't see how it compares to Grant's dunk against Kansas. I'd also like to nominate Phil Henderson's dunk over Mourning, but I suppose I'm just showing my bias.

JD sitting on Doug Wojik's face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL1T18T5sxk) is also a classic.

--Jason "like I said, the list is just one guy's opinion-- but the effort to put it together is impressive" Evans

OldPhiKap
09-08-2010, 12:34 PM
JD sitting on Doug Wojik's face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL1T18T5sxk) is also a classic.

--Jason "like I said, the list is just one guy's opinion-- but the effort to put it together is impressive" Evans

Dawkins, reverse over David Rivers in Cameron too IIRC. Although maybe I don't.

OnToTheNextOne
09-08-2010, 01:58 PM
after watching those dunks. I can help but think the dunks by nolan smith and gerald henderson in the same game against the Southern Illinois Salukis could've been on that list. Or at least on the honorable mention list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLlOafV3hg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNSyVzxgf8w&feature=related

CameronBornAndBred
09-08-2010, 02:01 PM
I'm at work and don't have time to sift through the whole video, but to ask someone who has...did Lorenzo Charles' NCAA game winner in 1983 make the list?

magjayran
09-08-2010, 03:23 PM
Cool video. Seems like this guy is most impressed by dunks that are "on" somebody. This is more like a "Top 50 Dunks that Embarrassed Somebody" list.

I forget the number but Will Bynum should have been at least top 20. That's one of the craziest dunks I've ever seen.

#42 - Grant Hill over Jim McInvaine is one of only 2 Duke dunks on the list
I don't even think that this is Grant's best dunk at Duke.

#22 - A young Shaq. Wow, was he thin! People forget just how much of a freak Shaq was. 7 footers just don't jump that high.

#14 - Vinsanity's reach against Clemson was absurd
Ditto for Vince at UNC. This is pretty sick though.

#7 - Dahntay Jones famous push-up dunk. It makes it more for the post-dunk celebration than the dunk itself. It is possible some younger Dukies have not seen this clip. It is a must see!!! I don't know how anybody isn't wowed by the actual dunk here. You don't see guys go up face to face with the defender and muscle it past them all that often. The reaction just makes it better. Might be the best Duke dunk of all time.
That Damon Thorton dunk holds a special place in my heart because I remember seeing it live at a crappy sports bar with my parents. The whole place went nuts and I ended up giving high fives to strangers. Ended up that none of us were State fans. Some dunks come out of nowhere but you could see that one coming and I don't think anyone thought he would actually go through with it when we saw the big guy setting up.

Also I think the Isma'il Mohammed dunk wasn't his best. He had one that was damn near a 360 alley-oop and a reverse alley-oop off an inbound that were both incredible.

Lord Ash
09-08-2010, 05:50 PM
after watching those dunks. I can help but think the dunks by nolan smith and gerald henderson in the same game against the Southern Illinois Salukis could've been on that list. Or at least on the honorable mention list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLlOafV3hg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNSyVzxgf8w&feature=related

Absolutely agree, those were two of the best ever Duke dunks IMO, and both came in the same game; Dhantay's dunk against Maryland was also absolutely insane, given what a response it was to Dave Neal's hit on Nolan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckLHEUkNOgE

magjayran
09-08-2010, 06:40 PM
I'm at work and don't have time to sift through the whole video, but to ask someone who has...did Lorenzo Charles' NCAA game winner in 1983 make the list?

Amazingly, no.

pfrduke
09-08-2010, 07:53 PM
Absolutely agree, those were two of the best ever Duke dunks IMO, and both came in the same game; Gerald's dunk against Maryland was also absolutely insane, given what a response it was to Dave Neal's hit on Nolan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckLHEUkNOgE

Fixed above. Although I understand the confusion.

77devil
09-08-2010, 08:25 PM
I do not profess to be the person who came up with this nor do I necessarily agree with the rankings, but some dude spent a ton of time looking up clips of some of the best dunks and came up with a video highlight of the top 50 in college hoops history. It is pretty good, even if it naturally skews toward more modern stuff because there are not as many video sources of stuff done more than a decade ago.

Anyway, you can read a little bit about the compilation here (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Behold-the-50-best-dunks-in-college-basketball-?urn=ncaab-267988) or just view the entire thing (14 minutes long) here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0IekBVgCw).

I was a bit surprised that Grant's dunk from bobby in the 1991 NCAA championship game only made honorable mention. I think the significance of the game pushes it into the top 50. Frankly, the top 50 included too many "look at him dunk over that guy" dunks that became sorta old hat after a while.

My other comments--


#43 - Darrell Porter of Pitt over GTown is amazing athleticism.
#42 - Grant Hill over Jim McInvaine is one of only 2 Duke dunks on the list
#34 - Darrin Hancock of Kansas just hurdles some KSt dude. Sick!
#22 - A young Shaq. Wow, was he thin!
#20 - Auburn's Chris Porter has freakishly long arms
#14 - Vinsanity's reach against Clemson was absurd
#11 - Clyde Drexler gets ridiculously high. folks forget how athletic those Houston teams were in the early 1980s.
#7 - Dahntay Jones famous push-up dunk. It makes it more for the post-dunk celebration than the dunk itself. It is possible some younger Dukies have not seen this clip. It is a must see!!!
#1 - Send it Jerome! Probably the most famous dunk in college hoops history. Deserves its ranking.

--Jason "fun stuff, though a bit time consuming to watch all of it" Evans

Think about how different this list might be if David "Skywalker" Thompson, in particular, et al, had been allowed to dunk. In addition to Grant's dunk that you mentioned, a top 50 list without Phil Henderson's throw down over Alonzo Mourning is suspect IMO. Then again, I'm not exactly objective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbIxFvMmcmc

Daniel tosh
09-08-2010, 10:15 PM
I liked number #36 the best.Just goes to show how different some opinions are.

Lord Ash
09-08-2010, 10:54 PM
Fixed above. Although I understand the confusion.

Whoops! Amazing how the brain can be thinking one thing while the hands type something else! Sorry!

amazinballer323
09-09-2010, 01:01 AM
Is it possible to do a full one of these of just Ish Muhammad? Damn he could get up and throw down

Tom B.
09-09-2010, 10:03 AM
#1 - Send it Jerome! Probably the most famous dunk in college hoops history. Deserves its ranking.


And if you look closely, that's Sean Miller -- former Xavier head coach, now the head coach at Arizona -- who makes the pass to Lane on the break that leads to the dunk. Miller was a freshman point guard for Pitt at the time.

barjwr
09-09-2010, 04:30 PM
I personally enjoyed this dunk by Maggette in the regional final in '99 against Temple to end the first half . . . . Check out Elton Brand's facial expression at the end of the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ZF_oaO1lA

DevilHorns
09-09-2010, 10:00 PM
I think SupaDave brought up Austin Rivers' signature scoop lay-up in the AR thread... started to get me thinking....

Top 50 lay-ups of all time!

Ok that may be a bit much, but anyone also have any thoughts on who was a lay-up specialist? I am only half-joking.

-jk
09-09-2010, 10:09 PM
I think SupaDave brought up Austin Rivers' signature scoop lay-up in the AR thread... started to get me thinking....

Top 50 lay-ups of all time!

Ok that may be a bit much, but anyone also have any thoughts on who was a lay-up specialist? I am only half-joking.

My money would be on David Thompson.

Had he been allowed to dunk...

-jk

CLT Devil
09-10-2010, 07:25 AM
Is it possible to do a full one of these of just Ish Muhammad? Damn he could get up and throw down

That guy was on a whole different level. He wasn't much of a shooter, could play great D, but whenever he got the ball in his hands near the hoop you just knew something fun was going to happen. How sick was that team in terms of talent? I think all these guys were there at the same time - Will Bynum, Jarret Jack, Ish and one other guard, I can't remember his name, but he had the smoothest handle and would be quiet for a few games and then throw in 30 points.

I agree that whoever made the tape concentrated on the 2000 decade, and it seems that the dunks have to be on somebody, as he has the dunker as well as the 'dunkee' in the intro to each dunk. I'd throw in a few more Duke ones, such as McBob's reverse on an inbounds play, G's on MD and Phil's over 'Zo...and how can Grant's famous 'oop in 1991 not make it?

Fun list, great to watch but I think it had more to do with recent dunks and have to be over people. Like Jason said, I think it's hard to get film from earlier games and the guy obviously spent a lot of time on it.

NSDukeFan
09-10-2010, 08:19 AM
I think SupaDave brought up Austin Rivers' signature scoop lay-up in the AR thread... started to get me thinking....

Top 50 lay-ups of all time!

Ok that may be a bit much, but anyone also have any thoughts on who was a lay-up specialist? I am only half-joking.

Can I nominate the finger roll specialist, George Gervin? I think he competed for a scoring title that went down to the last day with jk's nominee.

TheTrain
09-10-2010, 10:24 AM
were any of Len Bias' dunks included???

pfrduke
09-10-2010, 11:01 AM
How sick was that team in terms of talent? I think all these guys were there at the same time - Will Bynum, Jarret Jack, Ish and one other guard, I can't remember his name, but he had the smoothest handle and would be quiet for a few games and then throw in 30 points.

BJ Elder.

blazindw
09-11-2010, 10:44 AM
Gerald Henderson's dunk against Maryland coming on the play right after Neal knocked out Nolan Smith on the pick...I've never yelled louder after a dunk and I was AT the Comcast Center that night. Vicious dunk, statement dunk, definitely one of the top dunks in Duke history in my mind for the significance. The game completely changed after that, and I've never seen a play silence a crowd like that (except for the handful of Duke fans like me screaming their heads off).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckLHEUkNOgE

SmartDevil
09-11-2010, 10:06 PM
When I first read the thread title the day the thread originated I was multi-tasking (and in a hurry) and was about to respond with a quick nomination of 4 or 5 long-ago college basketball coaches.....good thing I reread before posting and realized that the thread was NOT asking one to contribute to a list of the 50 greatest DRUNKS in college basketball history !