Jacob Tucker, the 5'10" Illinois College guard who managed to earn a spot in the Denny's Slam Dunk Contest at the college basketball skills challenge in Houston yesterday by virtue of a YouTube video he posted, has garnered the nation's attention once again, after he won the contest.
Every once in a while, an undersized guard (think Spud Webb or Nate Robinson) "wows" us with his ability to elevate and throw down thunderous slams, and now, this Division III guard has joined the pantheon of pint-sized powerhouses of the slam dunk world.
Tucker got things started with a self-tossed alley-oop, between-the-legs slam that sent the crowd (and the competition and judges) into hysterics.
But the senior from the tiny school wasn't done yet. For his next trick, he threw in a 360 slam off an alley-oop tossed off the side of the backboard, catching the ball behind his head and finishing the rotation for a monstrous slam, garnering yet another strong score and a place in the finals.
For the finale, Tucker decided he wasn't happy just dunking in front of people, he wanted to dunk over someone. So, he set up a ball boy on the edge of the key along the baseline, holding the ball over his head.
Tucker grabbed the rock from his outstretched arms, lifted the ball over his head, and rotated to deliver a massive reverse slam to win the contest.
In case you hadn't heard of Tucker prior to Thursday night (the Illinois College guard became a YouTube sensation in early March), his video highlight campaign to get into the Slam Dunk Contest garnered over three million views.
Now, the question for Turner is: Will an NBA team take a chance on this high-flyer?