Tue Sep 07 04:07pm EDT
If returning to work is killing your Labor Day weekend buzz, here's a great way to make 5 p.m. get here a little faster.
A YouTube user who goes by Mixst311 spent the past two years researching dunks and gathering footage in order to put together a video compilation of the 50 best dunks in Division I college basketball history. Everything about the video is superb, especially the wide range of dunks and the quality of the footage.
There should be little argument about Mixst311's choice of Jerome Lane's backboard-shattering one-handed slam at No. 1 (See the play here). A couple decades later, Bill Raftery's famous "Send it In, Jerome" call remains as synonymous with college basketball as Tyus Edney's coast-to-coast layup or Christian Laettner's buzzer beater.
You can probably quibble a little bit more about the order of the top 50 or that one of your favorite dunks was left out. Personally, I thought Vince Carter's inbounds alley-oop against Clemson could have been higher than No. 14 and Kerry Kittles' soaring one-handed slam against Providence might have deserved better than No. 13.
The only one of these dunks I was fortunate enough to witness in person was UCLA's Russell Westbrook going the length of the floor to posterize Cal big man Jamal Boykin in 2008. Afterward I remember asking Kevin Love what he thought of Westbrook's jam.
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"The whole time all I was thinking was 'Da-Na-Na, Da-Na-Na,'" Love said, imitating the SportsCenter theme. "I think it will be the No. 1 play."
Love was right. It was No. 1 on SportsCenter's top plays that night. It was only good enough, however, for No. 26 on this list.