In the preseason, we named High Point’s John Brown the No. 4 dunker in all of college basketball.
He made us look smart tonight:
Like just about everyone that’s ever watch the sport, we love a good dunk better than just about anything, so we decided to compile a list of the guys you need to keep an eye on throughout the year.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t close to a comprehensive list of terrific dunkers in college hoops this season.
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So if we missed on the best dunker on your favorite team, please, by all means, post a video of his best work in the comments:
25. Wally Ellenson, Marquette: The older brother of all-everything freshman Henry Ellenson and an Olympic hopeful in the high jump, Ellenson does things like this a lot:
24. Dwuan Anderson, Wagner: The former Michigan State commit is healthy this season after breaking his foot last year. That’s good for people that like things like this:
23. Deuce Bello, East Tennessee State: The former Baylor and Missouri guard is now playing in the OVC. He’s still got bounce, though:
22. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame: The 6-foot dynamo can do things like this, which is only part of the reason we have him pegged as an all-american this season:
21. Phil Cofer, Florida State: He’s not the most well-known dude in college basketball, but he’s big and athletic and aggressive, which is why you see him do things like this:
20. Jaylen Brown, Cal: Brown isn’t known as an elite dunker, but he did do this over the weekend. We approve:
19. Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan: You won’t see a cooler dunk vid than this vine of still frames from when Dawkins banged on Nnanna Egwu:
18. Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman, Michigan: Not to be outdone, Dawkins’ teammate, who we like to refer to as MAAR:
17. David Walker, Northeastern: A little love for the mid-majors here:
16. Grayson Allen, Duke: You should be well aware of what he can do by now, but this throwback edit from when he won the Burger Boy dunk contest is a nice reminder:
15. Dwayne Bacon, Florida State: Bacon is the reigning McDonald’s All-American dunk champion:
14. Antonio Blakeney, LSU: Blakeney had one of the best dunks you’ll ever see in grassroots basketball a few years back:
13. Jordan Weethee, VMI: Remember this guy? Easily the best part of the dunk is the reaction of No. 34:
12. Josh Adams, Wyoming: Josh Adams is listed at 6-foot-2. You buy that?
11. Gary Payton II, Oregon State: I feel comfortable calling Payton the best on-ball defender in college basketball, not unlike his dad. But where The Glove threw a lot of these, II catches ’em like Shawn Kemp did:
10. Kerwin Roach, Texas: The video of Roach maxing out the vertical testing machine went viral in September. This is what happens when he actually is able to dunk:
9. Jalen Reynolds, Xavier: Reynolds was on the giving end of what might have been my favorite dunk from the 2015-16 season:
Beginning in October and running up through November 13th, the first day of the regular season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2015-2016 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.
Today, we are previewing the Big South Conference.
A month before the Big South Tournament started, seven teams were tied for first place in the conference standings. Once the tournament began, the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds were bounced in the quarterfinals. Despite all the parity and chaos in the league, the tournament champion remained the same.
Coastal Carolina is eyeing a third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament in its final season in the Big South before moving to the Sun Belt Conference.
The Chanticleers bring back Elijah Wilson, the Big South Tournament MVP, point guard Shivaughn Wiggins and power forward Badou Diagne. That trio could make a three-peat possible. Coastal Carolina boasted one of the conference’s most efficient offenses and defenses, and tops in both offensive and defensive rebounding 2014-15. The production of graduating guards Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron won’t be easily replaced, but if they defend and crash the boards like they’ve done in the past, the Chanticleers will be in a good position when they host the Big South Tournament again in March.
Like the Chanticleers, many of the teams across the Big South have lost start players. Of the 15 players named to the all-conference teams last March, only two of them return this season.
One of them is High Point senior John Brown, the ultra-athletic and physically imposing forward. Through his first three years he’s averaged 18.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He’s helped the Panthers win at least a share of the last three regular season titles, but has no NCAA tournament appearances to show for it. Click here and check out some of the dunks he’s thrown down over the years. Now imagine him playing on the first Thursday or Friday of the NCAA tournament. Fun, right? Surrounded by a cast of upperclassmen, Brown could finally get that shot this spring.
Winthrop graduated two double-digit scorers, including first-team selection Keon Moore. Keon Johnson will be the key holder over in a new-look perimeter that could feature not one, but two Division II transfers. Jimmy Gavin’s amazing journey was chronicled back in May. Roderick Perkins, a 6-foot-5 wing, was the second-leading scorer in all of D2 in 2013-14. Winthrop’s defense, rated as the most efficient in the Big South, returns a pair of shot-blockers — Xavier Cooks and Duby Okeke — the frontline. Zach Price, the former Louisville and Missouri big man, is eligible this season, as well.
Longwood could be a dangerous team, especially if the Lancers can get quality play from the back court. The Lancers have one conference’s best front courts. Shaquille Johnson is one of the league’s top athletes. Lotanna Nwogbo, the 6-foot-8 forward, is back after missing the last 17 games of conference play with a thumb ligament tear. In three full Big South contest, he was averaging 19.3 points and 12.0 boards per game. Gardner-Webb is dealing with the loss of Jerome Hill and Tyler Strange, but returns six of its top nine scorers, including Tyrell Nelson. Radford should be another potential sleeper. YaYa Anderson is joined by senior Rashun Davis and Cameron Jones, the potential breakout star of the league.
PRESEASON BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Brown, High Point
Brown, maybe the best dunker in all of college basketball, returns for his senior season after averaging 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2014-15. The 6-foot-8 nightmare matchup plays with a consistent motor. He understands angles and where to position himself on the floor in order to get easy buckets. Brown also creates opportunities for himself in the open floor and offensive glass.
THE REST OF THE PRESEASON BIG SOUTH TEAM:
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1. Coastal Carolina
2. High Point
7. Charleston Southern
8. UNC Asheville