Tulsa's DaQuan Jeffries Beats Jordan Davis to Win 2019 College Slam Dunk Contest

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 5, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 22:  DaQuan Jeffries #2 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane dunks against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on November 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada defeated Tulsa 96-86.  (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
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Tulsa guard/forward DaQuan Jeffries impressed with his power and vertical en route to winning the College Slam Dunk Championship at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Jeffries clearly emerged as the night's best dunker, and you can view his slams below.

In addition, here's a look at the participant list, the round-by-round results and the contest's highlights.



Northern Colorado G Jordan Davis

Pacific G Roberto Gallinat

Jacksonville State G Jamall Gregory

North Greenville F Roderick Howell

Wisconsin G Khalil Iverson

Tulsa G/F DaQuan Jeffries

Southeastern Louisiana G Marlain Veal

Missouri State G Josh Webster



First Round: Gregory, Jeffries, Veal, Davis and Howell advance

Semifinal: Jeffries and Davis advance

Final: Jeffries over Davis



Jacksonville State guard Jamall Gregory kicked the dunking festivities off with a between-the-legs, one-handed slam:

CollegeSlam @CollegeSLAM

OH, NO HE DIDN’T! 😱😱😱 @JSU_MBB senior Jamall Gregory throws it down with authority! #CollegeSlam https://t.co/p5qmVbtJL6

Jeffries then wore his sunglasses at night for his 360-degree dunk:

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DUNKQUAN JEFFRIES! #CollegeSlam PERFECT 10 #ReignCane #ForOurCity https://t.co/xxqHPxzxEX

Both were arguably outdone, however, by charismatic Southeastern Louisiana guard Marlain Veal, who brought creativity back to the dunk contest scene with the "Bug on the Windshield."

CollegeSlam @CollegeSLAM

Marlain Veal (@Marlain0Veal) just shut the @TargetCenterMN down with this Dunk! 😯😯 #CollegeSlam #SCTop10 https://t.co/NkvTSiVdt7

Andrew Lopez of the New Orleans Times-Picayune was quite impressed:

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Marlain Veal with perhaps the most fun dunk I've ever seen in a dunk contest.

Veal, who is 5'9" and 145 pounds, faced a significant size disadvantage entering the contest. Like 5'7" champion Spud Webb in the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, however, it didn't matter (for at least one round).

All three players received perfect 10 scores from the judges. However, this slam dunk contest had a twist, with the fans holding the final vote. Gregory finished with the only perfect 50-point score.

North Greenville forward Roderick Howell and Northern Colorado guard Jordan Davis tied for the fourth and final semifinal spot with a 44.7-point score, so they both advanced.

In the semifinals, Jeffries once again wowed fans with his power and vertical:

American MBB @American_MBB

Put another #CollegeSlam 🔟 up for @TUMBasketball’s DaQuan Jeffries!!! @UHCougarMBK’s Corey Davis with the assist! #AmericanHoops @CollegeSLAM https://t.co/Z4JV8pvTqZ

He followed that one up by taking flight across the key:

American MBB @American_MBB

🤩 make that three #CollegeSlam 10’s for Jeffries! #AmericanHoops @TUMBasketball https://t.co/ExfMDv1Oo6

The other competitors mostly struggled. Davis was the exception and advanced with Jeffries.

In the finals, both players struggled to complete a slam before the 60-second time limit. They both did so with seconds remaining, but Jeffries' effort was better received by the judges and fans:

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The final dunk of the night! DaQuan Jeffries put on a show! #ReignCane #ForOurCity https://t.co/OcbxVDd5ce

He finished the final round with a score of 45.4, good enough to hoist the trophy.