VIDEOS: College basketball’s best dunkers
Like just about everyone that’s ever watch the sport, we love a good dunk better than just about anything, so we decided to compile a list of the guys you need to keep an eye on throughout the year.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t close to a comprehensive list of terrific dunkers in college hoops this season.
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So if we missed on the best dunker on your favorite team, please, by all means, post a video of his best work in the comments:
25. Wally Ellenson, Marquette: The older brother of all-everything freshman Henry Ellenson and an Olympic hopeful in the high jump, Ellenson does things like this a lot:
24. Dwuan Anderson, Wagner: The former Michigan State commit is healthy this season after breaking his foot last year. That’s good for people that like things like this:
23. Deuce Bello, East Tennessee State: The former Baylor and Missouri guard is now playing in the OVC. He’s still got bounce, though:
22. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame: The 6-foot dynamo can do things like this, which is only part of the reason we have him pegged as an all-american this season:
21. Phil Cofer, Florida State: He’s not the most well-known dude in college basketball, but he’s big and athletic and aggressive, which is why you see him do things like this:
20. Jaylen Brown, Cal: Brown isn’t known as an elite dunker, but he did do this over the weekend. We approve:
19. Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan: You won’t see a cooler dunk vid than this vine of still frames from when Dawkins banged on Nnanna Egwu:
18. Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman, Michigan: Not to be outdone, Dawkins’ teammate, who we like to refer to as MAAR:
17. David Walker, Northeastern: A little love for the mid-majors here:
16. Grayson Allen, Duke: You should be well aware of what he can do by now, but this throwback edit from when he won the Burger Boy dunk contest is a nice reminder:
15. Dwayne Bacon, Florida State: Bacon is the reigning McDonald’s All-American dunk champion:
14. Antonio Blakeney, LSU: Blakeney had one of the best dunks you’ll ever see in grassroots basketball a few years back:
13. Jordan Weethee, VMI: Remember this guy? Easily the best part of the dunk is the reaction of No. 34:
12. Josh Adams, Wyoming: Josh Adams is listed at 6-foot-2. You buy that?
11. Gary Payton II, Oregon State: I feel comfortable calling Payton the best on-ball defender in college basketball, not unlike his dad. But where The Glove threw a lot of these, II catches ‘em like Shawn Kemp did:
10. Kerwin Roach, Texas: The video of Roach maxing out the vertical testing machine went viral in September. This is what happens when he actually is able to dunk:
9. Jalen Reynolds, Xavier: Reynolds was on the giving end of what might have been my favorite dunk from the 2015-16 season:
8. Sheldon McClellan, Miami: Whether it’s in the half court or in transition, this high-flying Hurricane is a threat to finish above the rim. And you’ll see him catching lobs quite often.
7. Rayjon Tucker, #DunkCity: I wanted to just post a vine of Tucker’s handiwork ... but man, there’s just too much good stuff in here. He picked the right school in Florida-Gulf Coast:
6. Daniel House, Texas A&M: The former five-star recruit was one of the most underrated players in the SEC a season ago:
5. Troy Williams, Indiana: I’m fairly surprised that Williams doesn’t have more in-game dunks in portfolio, because he can do things like this:
4. John Brown, High Point: John Brown’s career highlights are worth watching -- they’re all right here -- but his best work is as follows:
3. Shaq Johnson, Longwood: Johnson threw down some nice dunks last season playing for Longwood and his high school mixtape is the single best mixtape every made, but this is still the best dunk the former Auburn guard has ever thrown down:
2. Deonte Burton, Iowa State: It’s hard to imagine a nastier dunk at the college level:
1. Derrick Jones, UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels are going to be fun this year. Jalen Poyser, Steven Zimmermann and Ike Nwamu are all elite dunkers. Truly. But no one -- and I mean no one -- compares to Derrick Jones. I mean, this is just stupid: