Recent NBA dunk contests have been… well, I can’t even remember. Blake Griffin jumped over a car, and I feel like it was the only interesting thing to happen in the post-Vince Carter dunk machine era.
The college dunk contest, on the other hand, still has a degree of awesome in it. Michigan State’s Adreian Payne made sure of that by doing things we do not expect to see from a 6-foot-10, 245-pound man. Namely, throwing down a 360-degree, double clutch jam.
The pre- and post-dunk elements were just as memorable. He had his well-known friend, 8-year-old cancer patient Lacey Holsworth, rub the ball for good luck before the jam. He then followed it up with a perfectly choreographed routine with his fellow competitors from the dunk and 3-point contests, rolling the basketball into the group as they fell down like bowling pins.
Here’s video of the slam:
On top of that, Payne threw down a pretty sweet two-ball dunk on his second attempt. And yet it was still only good enough for third place.
While it was a memorable routine, the crown went to Eastern Kentucky’s Marcus Lewis, who won largely on the merits of jumping over another human being.