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VIDEOS: University of Mary’s Devan Douglas wins college dunk contest

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Thursday night the annual State Farm College Slam and 3-Point Championships were held in Cypress, Texas, with the event serving as a “kickoff” event of sorts to Final Four weekend. The winner of the slam dunk contest came from the Division II ranks, as University of Mary’s Devan Douglas took home the championship belt.

With his first dunk Douglas jumped over IPFW’s Max Landis and threw down a two-handed dunk. Douglas proved to be the most consistent dunker on the night, and there were times when it appeared as if he would hit his head on the rim.

UNLV’s Ike Nwamu finished second in the dunk contest, with two of his better dunks being his opening round between the legs dunk and a Vince Carter-inspired windmill in which he finished with his arm inside of the rim.

The best missed dunk came courtesy of Mississippi State’s Craig Sword, who attempted to jump over the Denny’s pancake mascot. Sword was unsuccessful on three attempts, with the pancake looking better equipped to take a charge than serve as a prop.

And his heels were inside the restricted area, so it would have been a block if we’re being completely serious about this.

The men’s and women’s three-point contests were also held Thursday night, with Georgia Tech’s Adam Smith and Minnesota’s Rachel Banham winning the respective titles. And in the matchup of champions that followed, Banham edged out Smith to take home a second trophy on the night.

Incoming freshmen Derrick Jones, Donovan Mitchell throw down high-level dunks (VIDEOS)

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Every year as part of our season preview coverage we list guys who we feel are the best dunkers in college basketball. The list for the 2015-16 season will include at least one freshman, if not more.

Two candidates are UNLV signee Derrick Jones, who may turn out to be the best dunker in all of college basketball, and Louisville signee Donovan Mitchell. Both threw down impressive windmill dunks that found their way to the internet on Saturday, and you can watch them below.

First there’s Mitchell, who windmilled a made jumper as opposed to doing one off of a bounce. Only windmill involving a catch that may be more impressive is the one former Green Bay point guard Keifer Sykes threw down at the Chris Paul camp last summer.

As for Jones, there was no lob used just a running start before he took off from the foul line and threw down a left-handed windmill dunk. Jones’ dunk was recorded by UNLV teammate Jordan Cornish.

Impressive dunks from two players who are bound to create some highlights next season.

UNLV-bound Derrick Jones wins yet another dunk contest (VIDEO)

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Archbishop Carroll (Pennsylvania) forward Derrick Jones is regarded as one of the top athletes in the Class of 2015, and he’s part of a talented recruiting class reeled in by the UNLV coaching staff. That explosive athletic ability is one reason why Jones is a Top 50 prospect, and it’s also led to multiple dunk contest victories.

Saturday afternoon Jones won another dunk contest, this one coming at the Ballislife All-America Game in Long Beach, California. Above are each of Jones’ dunks, beginning with a left-handed version of the 360 degree windmill dunk Vince Carter opened up the 2000 NBA slam dunk contest with.

Other winners in Long Beach on Saturday were Kentucky bound Isaiah Briscoe (three-point contest) and Skal Labissiere (All-America Game co-MVP), and undecided forward Thon Maker (co-MVP). It remains to be seen when Maker, who in mid-February announced that he’s on track to graduate this year, will join a college program of his choosing (this summer/fall or December).

Video credit: BallerVision

POSTERIZED: Dunker shuts down contest at Adams State (VIDEO)

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Dunk contests across the country have churned out some impressive finishes during preseason events, and that was certainly the case at Division II Adams State just three days ago. According to Kelly Hillick, the young woman who filmed the above video and confirmed via email by Adams State SID Nik Schmidt, the dunker is Josh Kioh.

If the above view isn’t enough check out the side angle (Vine courtesy of user Dustin Lamar). An incredible finish indeed.

Conner Frankamp wins 3-pt contest, Julius Randle wins dunk contest at Under Armour Elite 24

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Kansas commit Conner Frankamp won the Three-Point Contest and undecided 2013 prospect Julius Randle won the Dunk Contest on Day 1 of the festivities at the Under Armour Elite 24 in Venice Beach, Calif., Friday.

Frankamp, the 6-0, 155-pound Kansas native, was the favorite coming into the competition and shot with the confidence to match.

He posted a score of 17 in the semifinals to advance to the finals against last-minute Elite 24 add-in Rashad Vaughn of Minneapolis, Minn.

Frankamp then posted an impressive score of 19 in the finals against Vaughn to take home the title.

As for the dunk contest, the finals came down to rising sophomore Jamar Ergas, a Canadian native, and Randle, a top-3 player in the Class of 2013 and native of Plano, Texas.

With no time limit in the final round, it took Ergas a number of tries to get a dunk down off a pass from fellow Canadian Tyler Ennis.

Then Randle, a veteran in the Elite 24 after having competed in this event last year, almost casually got a running start toward the basket, put the ball behind his back from right to left, and threw it down with his left hand.

He scored a perfect 50 and took home the dunk contest championship.

After the competition in an interview with ESPN, Randle did not disclose many details about leaders in his recruitment or the definitive schedule of his official visits.

He has high-major interest across the country from schools that include Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, and a long list of others.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_