The NFL season just ended five days ago, so I’ll forgive you if you’re just getting into the current college basketball season. That being said, this is John Brown, a junior forward from High Point University. He’s has his fair share of highlights.
For Brown, this might be his best dunk to date. He rolls off the ball screen as teammate Adam Weary is in the process of making the pass. Weary lobs it way too high, which would be a problem for any other player in the Big South, but not for John Brown.
There’s a reason why he was listed as the second best dunker in the nation heading into this season.
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:
- Ovie Soko, Duquesne — Jan. 8
- Dwaun Anderson, Wagner — Jan. 11
- Jerran Young, Wright State — Jan. 17
- Keifer Sykes, Green Bay — Jan. 19
- Damarius Smith, Austin Peay — Jan. 31
- Victor Rudd, South Florida — Feb. 8
- Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan — Nov. 19
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona — Nov. 19
- Jason McManamen, Wyoming — Nov. 25
- James Blackmon Jr., Indiana — Dec. 9
- Sam Thompson, Ohio State — Dec. 13
- J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina — Dec. 27
Hawaii acting head coach Benjy Taylor was given the unenviable task of leading a program dealing with off-court issues last month, with an NCAA investigation leading to the coaching change and the loss of the team’s best player in All-Big West forward Isaac Fotu. However through two games Taylor’s Rainbow Warriors made do with the remaining pieces, picking up wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Bakersfield ahead of their Tip-Off Marathon matchup with High Point.
After building a nine-point second half lead with an aggressive offensive attack, things fell apart for the home team down the stretch. The energy that was a positive for most of the game gave way to a frenetic display in which Hawaii lacked the poise needed to put together the quality possessions needed to close out the game, and High Point took advantage.
Scott Cherry’s Panthers closed the game on a 20-3 run, winning by the final score of 62-54, and their 3-0 start is the program’s first as a Division I member.
John Brown, one of the Big South’s best players, led the way with 19 points and Tarique Thompson added 13 for High Point. The Panthers had their issues offensively, shooting 37.5% from the field, but they did manage to make 47.5% of their two-point attempts. By comparison Hawaii shot 13-for-34 from two, which works out to 38.2%, and that combined with the untimely miscues led to their first defeat of the season.
Hawaii committed just 12 turnovers on the morning, but six of those came in the final 6:23. Take better care of the ball, and the Rainbow Warriors likely would have won the game despite shooting 31.4% from the field. Mike Thomas led the way for Hawaii with a career-high 14 points, scoring all of those points in the first half.
Ultimately Hawaii’s remaining pieces were put together with the idea that Fotu would be their focal point offensively. Now that he’s no longer with the program, Taylor and his staff are going to have to figure out a system that works best moving forward. Being aggressive on both ends of the floor is great, but there’s no substitute for depth or sound execution. Those areas ultimately cost Hawaii Tuesday morning.