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Posts Tagged ‘Dunk of the Year?’

C.J. Fair Submits His “Dunk of the Year” Nomination

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It’s only December and we’ve already had a number of “Dunk of the Year” nominations in college basketball, and if it keeps up at this rate, there’s no telling what kind of dunks we’ll be seeing as the season progresses. In fact, I’m afraid we’ll lose track of these early season smashes, but then again, that’s what sites like us are here for. This latest “DotY” offering comes courtesy of Syracuse freshman, C.J. Fair, and while the dunk was his only basket, it was certainly a memorable one.

Unfortunately for Fair’s ego, his dunk didn’t make ESPN’s top plays, however. Frankly, I don’t remember 10 better plays yesterday, but then again, I didn’t see every little thing that happened in the sports world last night, thanks to the incredible Sons of Anarchy season finale.

One other interesting tidbit, while doing some quick research on Fair, I noticed he hasn’t recorded an assist yet, despite playing in all of the Orange’s seven games, and averaging 13 minutes a game. Granted, Fair is a 6-7 forward and isn’t being counted on as much as his more-tenured teammates, and because of that, he’s not as big of a component in the Orange’s set plays. Nevertheless, no assists in seven games is a bit surprising.

/Tidbit time.

So where does Fair’s dunk rank when compared to gems like C.J. Wilkerson’s or Derrick Williams‘?

Errick McCollum Has No Regard For Humanity

With apologies to Kevin Harlan for stealing one of his catchphrases, allow me to bring NAIA dunking stud, Errick McCollum, to your attention. McCollum plays for Goshen College, a small school in Indiana; and while his school may be on the smaller size, his ability to jump out of the gym isn’t. At only 6-2, McCollum might not look like a guy that can embarrass you with a vicious dunk, but don’t let his stature deceive you, otherwise, you’ll wind up just like the guy in the video — that is, walking off the court with your head hung low, wondering just who the hell jumped over you and flushed the ball down like that?

According to, the highlights of McCollum’s dunk have been playing in heavy rotation around the ESPN campus, and rightfully so. It’s just that nasty.

However, while some consider this the dunk of the 2009/10 season, Travis Leslie and DeMarcus Cousins might just disagree.

Travis Leslie’s Dunk of the Year

And with that, all I can say is, “Welcome to SEC Basketball, DeMarcus Cousins. It won’t be as easy as you think.” Travis Leslie’s dunk was so vicious, it left a crowd of about 24,000 in stunned silence. Well, except for all the “oohing and ahhing” going on on. I mean, what else can you say if you’re a Kentucky fan? We’ll get you next time? Perhaps “sign my poster, please, Mr Leslie” is more appropriate. Granted, the Wildcats scraped by the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t easy. In fact, Team John Wall trailed at halftime and only had a two-point lead with less than a minute left in the game.

To say the Bulldogs, who already have wins against Georgia Tech and Illinois, are better than expected — they were picked last in the SEC East — is a little bit of understatement. Just ask DeMarcus Cousins what he thinks of the Dawgs, especially the one who goes by “Travis Leslie.” While they didn’t pull the upset off, it wasn’t for a lack of effort, especially for Leslie.

Besides his eye-popping dunk, Leslie led the Bulldogs with 20 points as they fell just short of shocking Kentucky and the rest of the college basketball world.

Dunk of the Year?

Yeah, we’re not even done with the first month of 2009, but it’s going to be hard to top what Jarret Johnson of Anderson University did to the Coker College player who tried to take a charge. I’m having flashbacks of Dirk Minnifield–the dunker, not the failed real estate agent. Johnson’s dunk was all over ESPN last night and it’s making the sports blogosphere rounds this morning. With good reason. It’s not often we get to see an opposing player get used as step-ladder on a breakaway dunk.

One question though: was that a charge? I’d like to see Dwight Howard do something like this in next month’s dunk contest. He could use Jameer Nelson as his prop; although, I doubt Howard would have to jump that high to clear his six-foot point guard.