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WATCH: The 30 best dunkers in college basketball

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Everyone loves dunks. So here are the 30 best dunkers in college basketball, with video evidence. Clear out 20 minutes for this.

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30. Zach Smith, Texas Tech

A 6-foot-8 forward with a better-than 40 inch vertical, Smith is a guy that will catch a lot of lobs and tip-dunks even if he isn’t the kind of player that will win dunk contests.

29. New Williams, Auburn

Now New Williams is a guy that could certainly win a dunk contest. The question is whether or not he’ll actually get into a game to show what he can do.

28. Mo Alie-Cox, VCU

Mo isn’t the tallest big man that you’ll see in the collegiate ranks, but good luck finding someone that is stronger or more powerful than the VCU center.

27. Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

He’s not the most well-known of the Wisconsin Badgers, but he is maybe the only guy on the roster that can actually finish this dunk.

26. Chimezie Metu, USC

Metu has the kind of size and athleticism that will attract NBA scouts to USC games all season long, thanks to dunks like this.

25. Malik Pope, San Diego State

Pope has worlds of potential because he’s 6-foot-10, he can play the wing and he can do things like this. Consistently producing is a different story.

24. Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

Bacon turned into one of the best scorers in the ACC as a freshman, but don’t forget that he won the McDonald’s All-American dunk contest.

23. Darius Thompson, Virginia

Someone is going to have to step up for UVA and replace the offense that Malcolm Brogdon provided. I don’t know if that will be Thompson, but we’re OK with it as long as he does this more often.

22. Allonzo Trier, Arizona

Trier doesn’t seem like he’d be the most explosive dunker, but when he gets into space he is a powerful finisher.

21. Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Thornwell has flown under the radar throughout his career, but as a senior, if he keeps doing this he’ll get some more attention.

20. Tyrique Jones, Xavier

He’ll replace Jalen Reynolds as the most vicious dunker in the Xavier front court.

19. Zena Edosomwan, Harvard

Edosomwan is a freakishly powerful athlete, and given that he’s playing in the Ivy League, he’ll have a chance to do this quite a bit.

18. Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

Weatherspoon morphed into one of the best freshman in the SEC last season, partly for plays like this.

17. Hassan Martin, Rhode Island

Martin is one of the most explosive players in the country when healthy. Let’s hope he stays healthy this season.

16. Garland Owens, Boston College

You probably don’t know the name Garland Owens, but any dunkers list without him on it is one that you shouldn’t pay any attention to. Why? This is why.

15. Prince Ali, UCLA

He’s about the fifth-most well-known guard on UCLA’s roster, which is impressive when you consider that he’s done this multiple times in his short UCLA career.

14. Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Blossomgame is a sleeper NBA Draft prospect. He’s a good defender, a big wing and a three-point threat, but he’s also an athlete capable of doing things like this.

13. Rashawn Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Thomas is one of the best dunkers at the mid-major level.

12. Rayjon Tucker, FGCU

The highlights weren’t quite there as a freshman, but no one was more impressive dunking the ball on the AAU circuit than Tucker.

11. Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

He is going to break a backboard this year. I’m convinced of it.

10. Josh Jackson, Kansas

He’s a freaky athlete that compares favorably to Andrew Wiggins.

9. Edmond Sumner, Xavier

Sumner is the surprising name on this list. Thanks to a late growth spurt and a redshirt year to get stronger, he’s now a 6-foot-6 athlete that is thrilling in the open floor.

8. Donovan Mitchell, Louisville

Mitchell is so strong and so powerful with such long arms that plays like this seem ordinary for him.

7. Grayson Allen, Duke

Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that Allen is a freight train in transition with the explosiveness to dunk in traffic.

6. Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State

Now that his knee is back to 100% healthy, Smith looks like he might end up being a top three pick in the NBA Draft because of explosiveness like this. (No. 8 here is ridiculous.)

5. Kerwin Roach, Texas

This really might be one of the five best dunks I’ve seen in college basketball.

4. Malik Monk, Kentucky

When he’s got it going, there is not a more thrilling player in college basketball this season than Malik Monk.

3. Deonte Burton, Iowa State

This is still one of my favorite moments covering college hoops. I can’t believe how much power there is in this dunk.

2. Miles Bridges, Michigan State

Bridges is the most powerful player in the country this season. He is going to destroy at least one defender’s confidence.

1. Kwe Parker, Tennessee

I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a Kwe Parker birther. I will not believe he is human until I see a birth certificate.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.