I bet you didn’t think we would be hearing from Marcus Lewis this soon. I certainly didn’t.
In fact, most of you have probably forgotten who Marcus Lewis is.
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Yeah, he’s that guy. You know, the guy who threw down the No. 2 dunk of the year. The guy who nearly broke Nick Niemczyk’s ankles getting into the paint and nearly broke Nino Johnson’s face using it as a launching pad.
Yeah, THAT guy. He’s back.
See, here’s the thing about “the dunk”. Sometimes it’s not exactly about the finish. While the act of sending the ball through the hoop is often remembered and cherished the most, it’s not always the signature moment within the highlight.
After all, Jamaal “Circus Time” Franklin of SDSU threw down the year’s best dunk, and the finish wasn’t all that spectacular. What made the dunk great was the setup. The puzzling, befuddling, “dont try this at home” setup.
Aside from throwing yourself a self-ally-oop off the glass from 25 feet away, you aren’t going to find many setups better than this:
(Video via EKU Sports)
Block. Hustle play. Behind-the-back pass. Windmill jam.
This entire sequence is absolutely beautiful.
A blocked shot that leads to a fast break is pretty awesome by itself. The same goes for a behind-the-back pass to save the ball from going out-of-bounds and a windmill dunk. Each part of this sequence could conceivably be its own individual highlight.
But when you put them all together: Beautiful.
Now, lets forget for a second that Eastern Kentucky was playing against Crowley’s Ridge College, a National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association (NCCAA) team, and defeated them 97-31. And lets forget for a second that Eastern Kentucky is actually scheduling NCCAA teams in early February. I’m not here to discuss scheduling non-NCAA cupcake games or the ethics in winning by 66 points.
I’m here to talk about the dunk, in this case, dunk sequence.
And what a sequence it was.
This is such a beautiful sequence of events, I feel like I need British soccer announcer Ray Hudson screaming complex words that make no sense in order to do this dunk justice.
OH MY SWEET LORD. WHAT A BALL! WHAT A PASS! ABSOLUTELY CELESTIAL! THE BALL IS MAGISTERIAL! THE FINISH IS NOTHING LESS THAN STUPEFYING.
Yeah, that did the trick.
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