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#Dunkage: Top 2011 rim benders

1 Nov

Catch a glimpse of some of the top freshmen in the country this year. Are you excited yet? This bunch of rookies are a collection of Midnight Madness festivities rolled into one.

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#Dunkage: Darius Nelson

30 Oct

UTEP freshman Darius Nelson gets us started in #dunkage this year during a Miner scrimmage. The Sacramento native went the length of the court to ruin a teammates night. Nelson scored 19 points in his team’s win in front of 3,000 people.

Nelson is one of eight freshmen for Tim Floyd this year and one of 10 newcomers. The Miners are going through an identity search during the preseason. With eight players scoring in double figures between the two teams in the scrimmage, Floyd will have plenty to sort through as UTEP tries to figure out who they are exactly.

Because of opportunity, Nelson could be one of the top freshmen sleepers in the nation. He’s slimmed up his body, improved his skill set (which was already pretty strong) and confidence will certainly come as the season progresses. – Justin Young

#Dunkage: That’s just the way it is

19 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Keith Hornsby, the son of musician Bruce Hornsby, is a freshman at UNC Asheville this season. And he can get up. Not a surprise, really. Have you ever watched the Piano All-Stars Hoops Challenge on MTV7? The old man had game.

The younger Hornsby and Matt Dickey, a buzzer-beater extraordinaire, did their thing during UNC-Asheville’s Midnight Madness.

The Doghouse should be rocking this season as Eddie Biedenbach’s team is a favorite to win the Big South this season. The team opens up at North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

#Dunkage: UNLV’s Reggie Smith

18 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

I must admit. I have a thing for short guys doing crazy dunks. Jamal Fenton of New Mexico blew our minds with his head-over-heels-to-dunk last weekend. Watch it. Admit it, you were impressed.

Then comes Reggie Smith. Continue reading

Midnight Madness #Dunkage from the freshmen firm of Drummond & Boatright

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

So how does Andre Drummond, one of the top five college freshmen in America, spend his first night in college basketball? Easy. He’s bending rims in Storrs. The UConn Huskies opened the season off with their version of Midnight Madness and the big man stole the show. Continue reading

Head over heels Midnight Madness #Dunkage

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

New Mexico guard Jamal Fenton mixed gymnastics with hoops on Friday night at The Pit. He went for a back flip into a dunk. Oh, and he’s 5-foot-9.

“We had to end it after that,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford told the Albuquerque Journal. “What else could you do after that dunk? That’s Youtube stuff.”

Yes it is, Steve. Yes it is.

#Dunkage: Justin Graham

9 Aug

Justin Graham graduated from San Jose State this year and he’s spending the summer running the pro-am circuit in California. The pony-tailed one dunked on two defenders at the San Francisco Pro-Am finals. It was epic, brah. – Justin Young

#Dunkage: Best of July

5 Aug

We have pro-ams, AAU games, college games, pros, amateurs, windmills, one-handers, two-handers, through the legs, double pumps, cross-overs and more. Good stuff from the young fellas at BallIsLife.com.

Vegas #Dunkage

22 Jul

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

My man Eric Bossi is at the adidas Super 64 today for the first day of action in Las Vegas. He was courtside for the Andre Drummond vs. Isaiah Austin battle. The pair are the top two big men in the class of 2012. It was an all Drummond affair, judging Bossi’s tweets. Continue reading

#Dunkage: Tony Wroten, Jr.

22 Jul

Washington may be my pick this season in the Pac-12 despite losing a lot from last season’s team. Why? Tony Wroten, Jr. is joining the guard-heavy team. He’s a bad man. The incoming freshman dunked on former Husky Clarence Trent in a summer league. Wroten loves the highlights. He’ll have plenty this season, too.

Percy Allen, one of the premier beat writers in America, talks about the dunk and recaps notes from the summer league in Seattle.