As college football pads clash around the country, college basketball fans can look forward to their own kind of slams from top dunk artists. The most crowd-pleasing, momentum-swinging play in hoops gives the game's best athletes a showcase for their talents.
Michigan State lost one elite finisher in Adreian Payne, but he wasn’t the only Spartan to make an impact in this category. Rim-rocking forward Branden Dawson returns to East Lansing as the team leader, as well as one of the top highlight factories in the Big Ten.
Here is a look at Dawson and the rest of the dozen best dunk specialists in the country, rated according to how impressive their slams are (for both power and flair) and how many chances they’re likely to get to show off their skills in 2014-15.