College Basketball: Top 12 Dunkers in 2011-12
Considering slam dunks do not happen as frequently in the collegiate game as they do in the NBA, fans may not be as familiar with the best college dunkers as they are with the rim rattlers in the NBA.
This article will breakdown the top 12 dunkers for the 2011-2012 college basketball season.
Also, each slide will include a dunk video showcasing the player being ranked.
So, sit back, relax and find out which dunk artists you should be keeping an eye on next season.
12. Jared Cunningham: Oregon State
Jared Cunningham had one of the best rebound dunks I have ever seen in a game against the Arizona Wildcats last winter.
It was hard keeping him off this list, based on that dunk alone.
11. LeBryan Nash: Oklahoma State
LeBryan Nash will be a freshman next season at Oklahoma State University. Nash broke onto the dunk scene last spring by winning the dunk contest at the McDonald’s All-American game.
10. Rodney Williams: University of Minnesota
Going into his junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Rodney Williams is coming off a season in which he averaged six points a contest.
While he may not be the best player on the Gophers’ roster, he is certainly one of the most explosive and athletic.
9. DeQuan Jones: University of Miami
DeQuan Jones is one of the better dunkers in college basketball, as the video above evidenced. However, he is usually not on the court enough to showcase his dunking ability.
Jones has failed to average over 16 minutes of playing time in his three years with the Miami Hurricanes. Dunk enthusiasts can only hope he will play more minutes as a senior.
8. Kyle Kuric: Louisville
Kyle Kuric was the Louisville Cardinals’ second-leading scorer last season, averaging 10 points a game.
But most of the fanfare surrounding Kuric last season was because of his posterizing dunks.
Big East opponents had better look out below next season.
7. Deuce Bello: Baylor
The Baylor Bears are getting one of the most exciting incoming freshman next season, in Deuce Bello.
Dime Magazine voted Bello the 19th best dunker in the country, in a 2010 feature.
6. Quincy Acy: Baylor
Quincy Acy is another Baylor Bear with a flair for the dramatics. In a game against Texas two seasons ago, Acy recorded 10 dunks. Make sure you watch all 10 in the video above.
5. Terrence Jones: Kentucky
Terrence Jones will look to lead the Kentucky Wildcats next season, along with incoming freshmen: Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis.
Jones’ flair for dunking in traffic guarantees other SEC players being posterized next season.
4. Mason Plumlee: Duke
During Duke University's annual preseason festival last fall (Countdown to Craziness), Mason Plumlee dunked three basketballs at the same time during the dunk contest.
After averaging seven points in 25 minutes last season, Plumlee figures to have a bigger role for the Blue Devils next season.
As the video above concludes you can see Plumlee dunking three balls at once!
3. Andre Dawkins: Duke
While Andre Dawkins is largely known for his three-point shooting, he can flush the rock with the best of them.
While Mason Plumlee dunking three balls at once was impressive, not impressive enough for the win. Andre Dawkins ended up winning that dunk contest last fall.
2. Jared Sullinger: Ohio State
Don’t let Jared Sullinger’s size fool you. His 6'9'', 280-pound frame possesses as much grace and agility than most perimeter players.
When Sullinger is able to clear space in the paint and thrown down a dunk, I can’t help but be reminded of Shaquille O'Neal's dunks from early in his career.
1. Harrison Barnes: North Carolina
Harrison Barnes is one of the best college basketball players in the country. North Carolina fans all shared a collective sigh of relief when Barnes decided to bypass the draft, where he likely would have been the No. 1 overall pick.
Barnes has a great mid-range game and can score from beyond the arc, in addition to being able to work his way into the paint for jaw-dropping finishes.