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VIDEO: UNLV’s ‘Runnin’ Rebel Madness’ dunk contest highlights

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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.

VIDEO: Derrick Jones’ insane dunk session

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Derrick Jones will be one of the best dunkers in college basketball this season.

The two different slam dunk contests he won and the three different mixtapes — BallisLifeHoopMixtape and CourtsideFilms — that dropped this summer provided enough proof of what the UNLV freshman can do once he gets in the air.

In August, a video was posted to YouTube of Jones throwing down two ridiculous highlights: a windmill slam and between-the-legs dunk. But apparently, there was much more to that video.

Here are the dunks from an insane session, courtesy of HoopMixtape:

The 6-foot-6 Jones is part of a freshman class that includes five-star center Stephen Zimmerman and point guard Jalen Poyser, who showed off his hops the other day.

Derrick Jones with two must-see dunks from near the free throw line

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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.

In May, Jones won the dunk contest at the BallisLife All-America Game. Later that month, he won another dunk contest by jumping over four people. There’s also been multiple mixtapes — from BallisLifeHoopMixtape and CourtsideFilms — that dropped in June, highlighting his senior year.

The 6-foot-6 Jones was rated as the No. 49 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.