POSTERIZED: Fairfield’s Marcus Gilbert dunks on Manhattan

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Fairfield junior forward Marcus Gilbert put down a nasty dunk on a Manhattan defender during a Friday-night win for the Stags. Although the dunk isn’t particularly strong in terms of rim action, you’ve gotta respect Gilbert going over his defender with force and then giving him the staredown as he runs to the defensive end.

The 6-foot-6 Gilbert finished with 24 points in a 67-54 win for Fairfield. Here’s the dunk, courtesy of Fairfield athletics:

Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell broke a backboard, according to John Henson (PHOTO)

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Monday night during a pickup game Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell made a statement with the game point by breaking the backboard with one his signature dunks.

Former North Carolina Tar Heel and current Milwaukee Buck John Henson sent the photo out on Twitter with the evidence of that slam sprinkled all over the floor.

A photo like this is sure to make Louisville fans happy Harrell decided to return for his junior season, as the Cardinals move into the ACC.

Michael Carter-Williams dunks as well has he dishes out assists (VIDEO)

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Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams has had a sensational sophomore season. the highly touted distributor did not see much action last season because he was behind the likes of Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters and Brandon Triche. But when he did get in, he did things like this.

Through 19 games this season, the 6-foot-6 Massachusetts-native is leading the country in assists per game (9.3) and has an assist-to-turnover ration of 2.4.

While he struggled early against Louisville on Saturday, he was the hero down the stretch and made the games most significant play.

On Monday against Cincinnati, in a game the orange won 57-55, MCW once again had the game’s most significant play, and boy was it sensational.

(Video via ESPN)

Carter-Williams may have an ugly release on his jump shot, and he still is a bit too reckless with some of his decision-making skills, but this kid can get up in a hurry. Methinks this is not the last time we are going to see MCW throw it down like this.

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Calhoun dunks at UConn’s First Night celebration

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Typically, when a revered coaching genius retires, his school flounders to recover. Especially when he retires shortly before the beginning of a season. UConn will have an easier time than most, because Jim Calhoun’s hand-picked successor was already in the fold, in the guise of former Husky standout Kevin Ollie, who was hired as an assistant coach in 2010. Ollie has no previous head coaching experience, but he has the example of Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg to point to if anyone doubts him early on.

So, fans were excited to welcome Ollie during UConn’s recent First Night festivities, but the passing of the torch needed one other participant to be official. It’s easy to forget that UConn’s basketball faithful never really got a chance to publicly say goodbye to Jim Calhoun, the architect of the program’s greatness. On Friday night, they got that chance.

Hartford Courant writer Dom Amore was live-tweeting from the event:


It all sounded very nice, very classy and very proper, until Amore dropped this bomb into his timeline:


Of course, he was talking about freshman phenom Omar Calhoun, who bested reigning champ Ryan Boatright to win the First Night dunk contest, but the moment’s frisson of disbelief I felt when reading that tweet, and the mental image it imparted, was epic.

And now I’ve passed that image on to you. That’s how much I love you, CBT nation.

St. John’s JaKarr Sampson making a statement slam at Midnight Madness

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Friday night, the first of many highlight slams from Midnight Madness surfaced, as St. John’s freshman forward, JaKarr Sampson threw down a 360 dunk at Carnesecca Arena.

The video was uploaded to via (VIDEO).

As part of the dunk contest, Sampson received some assistance from junior forward Orlando Sanchez. The 6-foot-9 Sanchez, showed off some soccer skills, using a rainbow kick to flip the ball to himself and throwing an alley-oop to Sampson charging from the baseline.

The athleticism Sampson provided in the dunk contest became the theme for the evening and potentially the season. Following the Midnight Madness in New York, ESPN analyst, Tarik Turner, talked about the revamp Red Storm team.

The athleticism and the depth. Those were the two things that stood out to me. You have so much talent on the court now because you have a bigger frontline.

Sampson is one of Steve Lavin’s impressive recruiting class, along with forward Chris Obekpa and guard Felix Balamou.

St. John’s struggled in 2011-2012 ending 13-19 (6-12 Big East)

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Wagner’s Josh Thompson jumps over his parents

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Last year at as a junior, Wagner forward Josh Thompson jumped over his mother, Diane, to win his team’s dunk contest at “Madness Before Midnight.”

Fast forward a year and Thompson wanted to get his father in on the fun, as the 6-foot-5 senior leaped over both of his parents. Thompson earned a share of the Madness Before Midnight Dunk Championship.

Thompson has his parents stay back-to-back and on the way up, he appears to hit his father in the face with his right leg. Thompson hit the deck, but did complete the dunk. Last season, the dunk over his mother received national attention.

As a junior, Thompson averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

(Photo credit: Texas A&M Athletics)

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