I've seen since Rumeal Robinson's reverse dunk in the NCAA finals in 1989.
One Frame At A Time: Minnesota
Glenn Robinson III, quite casually, threw down a 360 dunk against Minnesota. I have no memory of a Michigan player ever doing the same, let alone with such ease. So, yeah, the full gif treatment is in order. Above is a little photoshop job, because something about that play didn't quite feel real. Below, every damn replay angle imaginable [click each thumbnail for the gif]:
[For the rest of the Minnesota gifs, featuring several more dunks and John Beilein's strange facial tic, hit THE JUMP.]
The pink gorilla is for diversity, I guess.
This is John Beilein's face when Trey Burke had to leave the game after his jersey tore. Looks normal, right? Click through for his totally unnerving facial tic:
Yeah, let's get back to the dunks. Mitch McGary steal and slam:
Burke-to-Hardaway, Part One:
Burke-to-Hardaway, Part Two:
Gorgeous, gorgeous basketball, capped by a GRIII slam:
Caris LeVert's reaction to Stauskas's dunk is wonderful:
The Barn's raised court lends itself quite well to bench reaction shots, as does Mitch McGary's entire existence:
Trevor Mbakwe, not particuarly pleased with the call on his fourth foul:
While Hardaway eventually got tied up on the sideline, Austin Hollins (#20) is still not going to enjoy the film room after allowing him to get a 1-on-4 offensive rebound:
Box out, man.
Good lord the guy on the bottom left corner of the pink gorilla gif can sure keep his mouth open wide for an extended period of time. That looks like it would hurt.
Are unfortunately the ones that most often write themselves.
Did the 360 dunk make SC Top Ten?
It was #1 on Thursday night, if memory serves.
On Friday morning, the Robinson dunk was #1. One of the (haha) Burke-to-Hardaway dunks was #3. The thing I love about this team is anyone of the starting 5, and some off the bench would have been by far the best player any any of michigan's teams of the past 10-15 years.
GRIII is a .gif machine.
...was Chris Webber. I'm struggling to remember any details and can't substantiate with video evidence at this point, but I know he did it at some point in his Michigan career.
Edit: Found some clips on Youtube...looks like he did it at Ohio State, though not positive. http://youtu.be/zQ9S-DjBrgo (start at 4:06)
I think it was at Indiana.
...OSU because the sideline banner said: "....State University" and the opposing team was wearing grey jerseys. I think that boils down to Ohio, but again, I'm not positive. What leads you to believe Indiana?
You must not have heard Terrelle Pryor's commitment to Ohio. It's actually "the University of Ohio State"--not "the Ohio State University."
Chris Webber was so sick. So freaking sick.
He's still the fastest flat-footed dunker (meaning, from ground to rim, without a running start) that I've ever seen at Michigan. Incredible physical ability ...
I can't watch highlights of him, though, without thinking of how his NBA career might have gone if he'd played to his strengths (and modeled his career after, say, Akeem Olajuwon instead of Magic Johnson or some perimeter guy). It's not like he did poorly (multiple All-Star appearances attest to that), but he may have been in the "all-time greats" conversation.
His knees may have had something to say about his NBA game
really show how extraordinary he and the Fab V were, why they just blew minds--not there yet, by any means.
They were a college version of Showtime. Amazing, good memories brought back watching that video.
Yeah, the GR3 clips are awesome, but after watching that Webber video, he was just on another level. GR3 has time though, he's o nly halfway through his frosh season.
But, yeah, Webber was just gross.
Webber did it at OSU, I believe it was.
was at OSU. Old St. John arena.
And good lord did Webber dunk a lot. The man's shooting percentage must've been ridiculous for his two years.
-1: He started on the front right (his angle of attack) and ended on the back left
-0.5: A slight over rotation, more like 385 deg
-0.25: Could have thrown it down harder, a bit too gentle and safe
I hope Beilein sits him down during this extended time off to make the necesary corrections.
I seem to remember Leon Jones getting in a 360 dunk in the late 90s, but I could be imagining things.
not to be that guy, but technically it wasn't really a 360 dunk (when his feet left the ground, his back was pretty much facing the basket)
Watch out -- I got flamed for suggesting the same a few days ago (and may well get flamed again here).
Regardless, it was still a spectacular athletic feat that hasn't been seen much around here lately.
the hivemind is out today.
You guys realize that almost no 360 dunks are the full 360 degrees, right? This applies to snowboarding as well, but it's what you call the dunk/move. Leave your protractor at home - he was running toward the basket, turned all the way around and finished facing the basket.
This is a dumb comment to make, which is why you guys are getting negged for it, rightfully so.
Not to mention that we're talking about a dunk that happened in a live game situation. In a dunk contest, OK, you can criticize it.
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I was just thinking the exact same thing. Big Ups for posting this.
Legendary. I remember the national anthem that inexplicably played before the fans got to the arena - and how hard it was to shoot free throws.
Thanks, this is awesome stuff.
For the record; I like Bielfeldt's reaction just as much as LeVert's.
What's crazy is, that it looked like he jumped a little farther than he wanted, adjusted mid-air and still threw it down. He good... he damn good.
liked the salute to the bench.
Possibly in a game against OSU or MSU.
At OSU. They scored around 10 points in the first half and almost came back to win. Lost to them twice during regular season then beat them to go to Final Four. Suck on it Jimmy Jackson.
Webber's alley oop dunk against Notre Dame in the first game the Fab 5 started together was one of the best college dunks I have seen. His dunk from a pass of the glass from Ray Jackson at Penn St is also pretty sick.
Rumeal was probably the best small guy from Michigan with some nasty throw downs. The reverse against Seton Hall and another reverse against Duke at home his senior year were impressive.
Jimmy King was the guy who had the most impressive dunks I have seen. Webber second.
Best hands I've seen at Michigan. When the ball went in the post it was usually over. When he would spin the ball for free throws it looked like he had a grapefruit in his hands.
All those highlights from the palace are from one game against Iowa State. Tons of dunks in that game. That State team had "The Mayor" Fred Hoiberg.
That was not just a "Trey-Burke-needs-to-leave-the-floor" thing. He even has that in post game interviews. I don't remember seeing it before this year though.
Maybe is brought on by uncontrollable happiness. After seeing all these dunks, his mouth can't help but smile every couple of seconds.
He's had it his entire time at UofM. It's just never been mentioned before.
it affects his speech a bit as well.
I don't know if he ever did a 360, but he had a lot of sweet dunks.
Was it Jimmy King that was the one who took off from the free throw line to dunk?
Against Carolina in the title game. He took off around 12 feet out.
Is that when he does it he doesn't act like a fool... I know it's all "get off my lawn" but I love the way he reacts after a top 10 level dunk vs the way, say, Webber would. I think it really shows a lot of class.
I agree. I think it has something to do with having an NBA dad. He knows what badass really is, and he knows he's not there yet. THJr is the same way.
The only things he could do were block shots, and dunk.