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Deonte Burton wins dunk contest … with boots on

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On Friday night, Iowa State Deonte Burton won the Hilton Madness slam dunk contest … in boots.

Before the final round against Nick Babb, Burton switched from his Cardinal Nikes to a pair of Timberland boots. Burton’s final dunk of the evening was a 360, double-pump slam. Again, in boots.

Last February, a clip of of Burton dunking in boots went viral.

Burton is a transfer from Marquette and is eligible at the end of the first semester. He was named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Iowa State’s Deonte Burton wins dunk contest in local summer league (VIDEO)

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Iowa State redshirt junior Deonte Burton is already noted as one of the better dunkers in college basketball and he put on a show in front of some of his new fans on Friday night at the YMCA Capital City League dunk contest.

The 6-foot-4 Burton topped Pepperdine forward Nate Gehrig and Drake guard Ore Arogundade for the title with some impressive dunks that he made look easy.

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Iowa State guard Deonte Burton with a pair of big dunks in summer league game (VIDEO)

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Iowa State fans are still getting over the loss of former head coach Fred Hoiberg to the Chicago Bulls, but the Cyclones still have a very talented roster heading into the 2015-16 seasons.

One of the new pieces coming to Ames this season will be Marquette transfer Deonte Burton. The 6-foot-4 Burton is an electric athlete and he threw down two big dunks in a Capital City League game earlier this month.

Burton teamed with Iowa State point guard Monte Morris to provide some highlights.

(H/T: YouTube user bvfour3)

The 22 best dunks from college basketball in 2014

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1. Nevada’s Deonte Burton dunks on Boise State — March 6

Deonte Burton spoiled college basketball fans over the years, and this one from March 6 might have been his best. Seriously, look where he takes off from.

2. James Young, Kentucky vs. UConn in the 2014 national championship game — Apr. 7

The national championship game ended with UConn winning its second title in four years, but James Young left his mark midway through the second half. Amida Brimah gets a lot of his arm, and the 6-foot-7 Young was still able to finish.

3. Michael Qualls’ buzzer-beating dunk in Arkansas’ overtime win over Kentucky — Jan. 14

The Razorbacks has two wins over ranked opponents during the 2013-14 season, both of which came against Kentucky. Arkansas left Michael Qualls alone on the baseline with time winding down in overtime. When you don’t box out one of the best dunkers in the country, this is what happens.

4. Buffalo’s Justin Moss slams over 7-foot Willie Cauley-Stein — Nov. 16

Apologies, Big Blue Nation. Kentucky is one the wrong end of another memorable dunk. Willie Cauley-Stein is arguably the best defensive player in the country. Buffalo’s Justin Moss didn’t care. The Bulls gave the Wildcats a scare before top-ranked Kentucky ran away with a 19-point win.

5. Demetrius Jackson dunks over Purdue big man a foot taller than him — Dec. 20

Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson is 6-foot-1. Purdue freshman center Isaac Haas is 7-feet tall. David prevailed over Goliath with a one-handed jam in a blowout win for the Fighting Irish.

6. High Point’s John Brown throws down reverse alley-oop with ease — Jan. 26

If you are unfamiliar with John Brown, go ahead and look him up on the site. He’s been a stable part of our “Posterization” series. What makes this dunk so impressive is how easy it looks for Brown.

7. Tekele Cotton’s perfect posterization in Wichita State’s perfect regular season — Jan. 22

Wichita State’s big three was Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet during last season’s 34-0 regular season. Tekele Cotton could not be forgotten, especially with plays like this.

8. Aaron Gordon defies gravity with a baseline out-of-bounds dunk — Feb. 24

For second there, I really thought Aaron Gordon wasn’t going to come down.

9. Bernard Thompson proves why it’s called Dunk City — March 9

Florida Gulf Coast was branded “Dunk City” during its Sweet 16 run in 2013. That carried over to the following season thanks to Bernard Thompson. This was one of two dunks in a week-span for the star shooting guard. He had this tip slam against Northern Kentucky earlier that week.

10. Dunk Champ Marcus Lewis slams on Kansas in NCAA tournament — March 22

What’s a list of 2014 dunks without college basketball dunk champ Marcus Lewis? Also, this is a pretty good list if this barely cracks the top 10.

A dozen more of the best dunks from 2014:

Report: Former Marquette guard/forward transferring to Iowa State

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Earlier this month it was announced that sophomores Deonte Burton and John Dawson were leaving the Marquette program, and as a result first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski is down to just eight available scholarship players. Saturday evening it was announced that one of those two players, Burton, has found a new home.

According to a report by Jon Rothstein of Burton has decided to transfer to Iowa State, a program that has been highly successful with transfers under head coach Fred Hoiberg. Earlier in the week it was reported that Burton was considering the Cyclones and UCLA as possible destinations.

Burton played in eight games this season for Marquette, averaging 6.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per contest. As a freshman the 6-foot-4 guard/forward averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, playing 12.6 minutes per contest and shooting 47.8% from the field.

At the end of the current season Iowa State will have some departures to account for on the wings, and the addition of Burton would help in that regard. Burton is expected to be eligible in December 2015, and he’ll also be the second player on the Iowa State roster who has a prior stop at Marquette under his belt.

Jameel McKay, who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in his first action in an Iowa State uniform Saturday, was briefly a member of the Marquette program last year (before practices officially began) before deciding to transfer to Iowa State.

Marquette down to eight scholarship players after two sophomores opt to transfer

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Marquette’s roster was already depleted this season due to players leaving the program and the Golden Eagles and head coach Steve Wojciechowski are losing two more players as the school announced two sophomores are transferring.

Sophomore guards Deonte Burton and John Dawson are both leaving at the end of the semester, according to the release.

“We appreciate all that Deonte and John have contributed to the program since our staff arrived in April,” Wojciechowski said in the release. “We will do everything we can to help them make the next step in their respective careers and wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

The 6-foot-4 Burton is the big loss of the duo. The powerful lefty wing was a key player for the Golden Eagles off the bench as he averaged 6.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. Dawson only played in one game this season and didn’t have much of a future as a Big East player.

This move leaves Marquette with only eight scholarship players for the season, although the Golden Eagles will get sophomore center Luke Fischer, a transfer from Indiana, on Dec. 16.