Vote: Who wins Big Ten 3-point, dunk contests?

With NBA All-Star weekend festivities kicking off Friday, I thought it would be fun to compile Big Ten 3-point contest and dunk contest participants. I say it every year, and I’ll say it again: Somebody needs to make such an event a reality. It would awesome. Anyway, see my participants in this post, plus vote for your champion in both events.

Ben Brust, Wisconsin – 52-130; 40 percent
Gary Harris, Michigan State – 48-110; 44 percent
Jordan Hulls, Indiana – 57-119; 48 percent
Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 61-128; 48 percent
D.J. Richardson, Illinois – 60-176; 34 percent
Christian Watford, Indiana – 41-84; 49 percent
Injury replacement: Adreian Payne, Michigan State – 7-13; 54 percent

My winner: Gary Harris – We’ve seen Nik Stauskas’ impressive outdoor shooting display, but the way Harris is shooting right now, and all the while battling back spasms, he’d be darn near impossible to beat.

Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Sam Thompson, Ohio State
Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Injury replacement: Eric May, Iowa

My winner: Sam Thompson – While I still think Rodney Williams is the Big Ten’s best dunker, Thompson seems to boast a deeper arsenal and a little more creativity.

Need to see the contestants’ dunks before making your choice? Here you go:




Robinson III




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xKiLLa SPaRTaN on 2/13/2013 @ 4:57pm EDT Said:

Good Dunk List but don’t you think that Branden Dawson or Adreian Payne should be on this list?

Ajakacki on 2/13/2013 @ 5:38pm EDT Said:

I definitely think Jacob Lawson should be on this list.

    Brent Yarina, on 2/13/2013 @ 6:09pm EDT Said:

    Very nice dunker, no doubt. And he was at the top of the list for those who were left off.

Ben24 on 2/13/2013 @ 6:27pm EDT Said:

Where’s Brandon Dawson on the dunk list. He is 3 times better than GR3. Kind of like when you put Mitch McGary over Derrick nix in the “best big men” post. You need to stop and think about how, just because U of M was once #1, you don’t have to try to find a way to fit them into every post

    Brent Yarina, on 2/13/2013 @ 6:51pm EDT Said:

    Dawson hasn’t flashed a bunch of great dunks this year. He’s powerful, yes, but he hasn’t had many that make you say, “Wow!” GRIII has had several, the 360, the one against Purdue, a dozen alley-oops, etc. And I didn’t do the big man post.

Ben24 on 2/13/2013 @ 6:29pm EDT Said:

Oh and even though I’m a state fan, you should probably have Tim hardaway jr. In the 3 point contest.

Jared Beamer on 2/14/2013 @ 9:58am EDT Said:

I know as a Hoosier fan that I’m biased, but come on. Victor Oladipo is the best one this list and one of the best if not THE best in the country. The guy is an incredible athlete.

John Murphy on 2/14/2013 @ 1:10pm EDT Said:

Indiana has 4 of the top 6 in 3 point percentage in the B1G. And, both players who break IU’s hold take less than 1/2 an attempt per game. The only questions about the 3 point contest is which IU player would win.