Prediction: This isn’t the last time we’ll spotlight a James Blackmon Jr. highlight.
All Big Ten basketball fans know Glenn Robinson and son Glenn Robinson III had skills on the hardwood. The former is one of the Big Ten’s greatest of all times, while the latter was a second-round pick in the June NBA draft. So, son/brother Gelen Robinson should be at home on the basketball court, right? See a video of Gelen, a freshman on the Purdue football team, dunk in this post.
The NBA held its annual rookie photo shoot over the weekend in New York City. There were plenty of photos taken, of course, but there was also a lot of fun had while the players waited their turns in front of the camera. There was an impromptu dunk contest, among other things, and former Michigan forward Mitch McGary easily threw down the best dunk.
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Rodney Williams made a living out of destroying rims during his Minnesota career. It’s good to know the high-flyer is still up to his old tricks. Williams, a member of the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League, soared for a powerful one-handed dunk Friday night that was featured on the league’s YouTube channel. Check out the dunk in this post.
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Michigan State senior Adreian Payne had an impressive showing in Thursday night’s State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest. The Spartans’ big man didn’t win the event, but he left quite an impression with his first dunk of the evening.
Michigan State cruised past rival Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, 69-55, Sunday to claim the 2014 Big Ten tourney. On the way to the team’s second Big Ten tourney final in the last three seasons and its fourth overall, the Spartans compiled several impressive highlights. None were better than Gary Harris crossover and powerful dunk before halftime and Branden Dawson’s fastbreak flush. Watch both plays in this post.
It’s well past the point in which a Sam Thompson highlight should surprise any Big Ten fan. Still, his highlights are just as exciting as ever. For the second consecutive day, the Ohio State high-flyer elevated for a ridiculous alley-oop at the Big Ten tourney. This time, on Friday vs. Nebraska, Thompson went for an And-1 alley-oop. Watch the highlight in this post.
The way the play started off, you just knew it was going to result in a Sam Thompson highlight. One thing’s for sure: Thompson didn’t disappoint with his fastbreak flush early in the second half of Ohio State’s 69-67 victory over No. 22 Michigan State. Watch Thompson soar for the highlight-reel two-handed flush in this post.
Every now and then, Troy Williams offers a glimpse into why some basketball minds think he boasts Victor Oladipo-like athleticism. The Indiana freshman had one of those moments early in the first half Saturday at No. 12 Michigan. Let’s just say, Williams didn’t care that it was Jordan Morgan’s senior night. Check out his And-1 dunk in this post.
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The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post.
Three days ago, Glenn Robinson III made the overtime buzzer-beater to drop Purdue and keep Michigan in sole possession of first place. On Saturday, the sophomore forward helped lead the Wolverines past Minnesota and to a share of the Big Ten crown. Robinson also combined with star Nik Stauskas on a highlight-reel alley-oop in the first half that you’ll want to see. Watch the highlight in the post.
February is coming to a close, and BTN analyst Jim Jackson decided to compile his top dunks of the month. Who had the best flush? According to Jim Jackson, it was an Indiana player who posterized an opponent. See all of his top February dunks in this post.
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Let’s face the facts: Nebraska is a good and exciting team. Not many people predicted such a thing this season – maybe next – but the Huskers have won seven of eight to move to 8-6 in the Big Ten and put themselves on the NCAA bubble. Now, for the “exciting” play. Check out the pair of alley-oops Nebraska had in the second half Sunday night vs. Purdue.
Is there a more exciting team to watch in the Big Ten than the Indiana Hoosiers? While inconsistent, they like to play above the rim and are no strangers to highlight plays. Fans were treated to a flurry of dunks in the first half Saturday night, three of which came from high-flying freshman forward Troy Williams.
It was all Sam Thompson and No. 24 Ohio State in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Minnesota. Down 10 at halftime, the Buckeyes erupted for 46 points in the second half to run away with a 64-46 home win. How good was Thompson? He scored 16 of his 19 points, including six that came on highlight-reel dunks. Watch all three flushes in this post.
If it’s Friday, it’s time for my survey. This week, I asked Big Ten media members who is the best dunker in the conference. A guy from Ohio State was a popular choice.
Any time Minnesota plays, there’s a pretty good chance Austin Hollins will throw down an impressive dunk. Hollins added to his long highlight reel in the first half of Wednesday night’s game vs. Illinois. Watch Hollins soar for his latest trademark right-handed powerful flush in this post.
It was just this past week that NBA superstar LeBron James put on his semi-annual dunk contest, which was caught on film by fellow members of the Miami Heat. One of James’ signature dunks consisted of him throwing the ball off the wall, catching it and throwing down a huge reverse slam.
When thinking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season, Indiana’s Will Sheehey isn’t a name that many have put on top of that list. After the dunk Sheehey had over Penn State’s Jordan Dickerson in the first half of Wednesday’s game vs. Penn State, it may be time to reconsider.
The 2014 NBA dunk contest is Saturday night. To help get you ready for all of the highlight slams, we decided to spotlight some of our favorite 2013-14 Big Ten dunks. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
The NBA recently announced six contestants who will be competing in the 2014 Slam Dunk contest during NBA All Star weekend. That got us thinking about if the Big Ten had a dunk contest. Who are some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this year? Here is a breakdown of the six Big Ten players I would want to see in a dunk contest.
Big Ten fans are very familiar with Sam Thompson soaring into the air for a highlight-reel inbound alley-oop. After all, the Ohio State junior has done it countless times over the course of his career. In Tuesday night’s win at No. 13 Iowa, however, it was Amir Williams channeling his inner Sam Thompson. Watch Williams elevate for the alley-oop in this post.
The term “posterize” has become popular among some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. But of all the great “posterizing” dunks we have seen this year, A.J. Hammons’ dunk over Nik Stauskas on Thursday night may top the list.
Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni had a day to remember in Saturday afternoon’s 76-50 win at Northwestern. The junior tallied his third double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) of the season in just 17 minutes, plus he had the game’s top highlight on a vicious one-handed putback in the first half. Watch the highlight-reel flush in this post.
There are certain dunks that simply make you say “wow”, and then there is the type of dunk that Austin Hollins had in the second half of Wednesday night’s win over Wisconsin. Minnesota’s senior guard drove to the basket and exploded for a huge one-handed slam over Wisconsin freshman Nigel Hayes. Even better, Hollins was fouled on the slam. Watch it in this post.