Let me confess something before I start: I’m 5-foot-11, and I’ve never dunked. With that out of the way, it’s easy to understand why I’m such a big fan of the slam dunk. The number of high-flyers we currently have in the Big Ten doesn’t hurt matters, either, and it’s the reason I thought it would be fun to assemble the Big Ten’s Ultimate Dunker. Here goes.
Meet my creation below. Oh, and I followed two rules when creating this Ultimate Dunker: 1. Only current Big Ten players were considered; and 2. players were only eligible to win one category.
HANGTIME/UPS: Ohio State’s Sam Thompson
ARMS/REACH: Minnesota’s Rodney Williams
EXPLOSIVENESS: Indiana’s Victor Oladipo
POWER: Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe
GENES (OK, I had to find a way to get this guy included): Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III
I know there are several worthy candidates for every category, but these are the guys I like most. And I think we can all agree on one thing, and that’s that we would love to see a guy with all of these qualities in the open court.