Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 21, 2014

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.

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Ben Jones, Branden Dawson had some pretty impressive dunks prior to injury. With that in mind, I'll go with D.J. Newbill who doesn't have many but all of them have been impressive. His two dunks against Wisconsin on the road last year (here & here) are as good as you'll see not in transition.

Brian Neubert, Sam Thompson. When your opponents have to craft a game plan around stopping the lob, you're pretty damn athletic.

Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: IU's high-motor, high-leaping frosh Troy Williams. He's 6-7, athletic and fearless. When choice is safe or spectacle, it's no choice at all.

Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: Sam Thompson. Nobody can elevate like he can. Honorable mention to Aaron White. Quick off the floor.

Marcus Jackson, Champaign News-Gazette: Sam Thompson. He does the cool high-flying stuff in the open floor, but he can get you in traffic and put guys on posters, too.

Jack Ebling, The Drive with Jack Ebling: Sam Thompson, when he isn't hitting his head on the rim.

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