The Top 10 Dunkers in NCAA Basketball
There is no play more exciting than a big time dunk in any level of basketball, and the college game is no different.
As we enter conference play in the 2012-13 college basketball season, we will see things pick up in the college hoops universe, including the level of excitement. Part of this is due to the fact that we are about to see some of the best dunks of the year.
As we enter a more exciting time in college basketball, keep an eye on these 10 guys to rock the rim and show why they are the best dunkers in the college game today.
Honorable Mention: Nick Johnson, Arizona
Nick Johnson doesn't have the same reputation as a dunker as the next 10 guys do, but he certainly has one of the best highlights from this season.
Johnson's 360 dunk turned some heads, and it is a big reason why he is an honorable mention on this list.
10. Laurence Bowers, Missouri
Even after coming off a torn ACL and missing all of last season, Bowers is an explosive athlete and one of the top dunkers in the nation.
Check out this highlight from the 2010-11 season, and keep in mind that he hasn't lost much of his natural ability since going down with the injury.
9. Victor Oladipo, Indiana
When you look at Victor Oladipo, you probably don't see a natural athlete who can throw down vicious dunks.
That's the beauty of him.
Oladipo comes down the lane, and you expect him to try to go around you, but he takes off and attacks the rim like very few other 6'5" guards can.
8. Kyisean Reed, Utah State
Kyisean Reed is not a household name. Heck, you've probably never even heard of the Utah State star before now, but you'll remember his name after seeing him dunk.
Reed is tough to stop inside. He won't dribble into the paint himself, but once he gets the ball, it's all over. No one is going to stop him from slamming it home.
7. C.J. Fair, Syracuse
C.J. Fair might not be the best player on Syracuse, but he is certainly the best dunker.
This video is from when Fair was a freshman. He has the ability to ignite a crowd with his sensational dunks, and it seems like he can't go more than two weeks without hammering home a huge dunk.
6. Doug Anderson, Detroit
Doug Anderson is another guy who few people know of. When you think of Detroit basketball, it's most likely that you think of Ray McCallum (if you can name anyone on the team), but Anderson is the elite dunker.
Anderson is always an exciting player to watch, and if Detroit makes the NCAA tournament, you can expect him to crack a few highlight reels.
5. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
James Michael McAdoo didn't play much last season, but when he was asked to replace John Henson in the NCAA tournament, he shined in the spotlight.
McAdoo threw down this incredible putback dunk in the Big Dance last year and showed the nation just how explosive he can be.
4. Shaquille Johnson, Auburn
Shaquille Johnson is just a freshman, and he remains a relative unknown in college basketball, but he is among the best dunkers in the nation at any level.
His high school mixtape is enough to make your jaw drop, and when you see his head at the same level as the rim, you can't help but be impressed.
3. Andre Roberson, Colorado
Andre Roberson was supposed to be one of the best all-around players in the country, but he has not improved much (still averaging 12.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, though).
However, he is still one of the best dunkers in the country. He throws down a huge dunk seemingly every night, and once he gets going in transition, you should just get out of his way.
2. Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Rodney Williams is one of Minnesota's great dunkers. He is the best on the team, ahead of great athletes like Trevor Mbakwe.
Williams is excellent when it comes to finding a path to the basket, and once he puts it on the floor once or twice, he is next to impossible to stop.
1. Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
Markel Brown is the type of player who can take fans that have been bored all night and get them on their feet with a single dunk.
Brown had a few of the best dunks I've ever seen last year, and this year is no different. This particular highlight came from last season, and he was given a technical foul at the end of it (his second of the game).