Thursday night UNLV held its annual “Runnin’ Rebel Madness” event, taking Jerry Tarkanian Court to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for a night outside. Fans were able to meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams and also take in three-point and dunk contests, with one of the judges for the dunk contest being Las Vegas native and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.
And while it won’t mean much when it comes to wins and losses, UNLV may have the best group of dunkers in college basketball this season. Freshman forward Derrick Jones’ exploits have appeared on this site in the past, and to no one’s surprise he won last night’s dunk contest. But guard Jaylen Poyser and Ike Nwamu can get up as well, and 7-foot freshman Stephen Zimmerman’s no slouch either.
Above are highlights from the dunk contest, with MyLVSports responsible for the footage.
Derrick Jones won’t make his college debut until November. But in the lead up to his freshman season, the UNLV forward has made it clear: he’ll be one of the best dunkers in the nation this season.
The latest video evidence occurred earlier this week, when Jones took off from just in front of the foul line for two gravity-defying dunks. The windmill slam and between-the-legs dunk join a growing list of videos from this spring and summer.