Novak Wins Dunk Contest @ Madness

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on October 16th, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Passes to himself, goes between the legs into a windmill for the dunk. Crowd went nuts. Beilein (via @mikerothstein):

"I wouldn't have believed that in a million years."


Image by Tony Ding of the AP, (HT: @nicoleauerbach)


steve sharik

October 17th, 2009 at 9:01 AM ^

"Novak's first effort was almost as good, a windmill off the bounce. He called himself 'the darkhorse' afterward, noting people still remembered him for his missed dunk at the end of regulation against Savannah State last year, and he entered the contest with something to prove."


October 16th, 2009 at 10:41 PM ^

I WANT VIDEO!!!!!!!!

Keeping up with this on Twitter doesn't do it justice I don't think. Morris's dunks sounded pretty good too. As soon as someone gets video, post it.


October 16th, 2009 at 10:54 PM ^

other things of note...

Manny won the 3 point contest with i believe Carmen Reynolds

Morris had two great dunks earning 39/40 points and 40/40 points. The first he bounced off the shot clock and jumped up and slammed in it. The second one he had a teammate about 5 rows in the stands pass it to him and i believe he went threw the legs and dunked it.

I forgot who won the skills contest but I think it was a team with Eso


October 16th, 2009 at 11:56 PM ^

The Novak dunk was the highlight of the night.

Other notes:

Vogrich's stroke looks sweet.

Manny definitely has tweaked his release and he's looking even better.

Cronin can knock down the 3. Not sayin he should, but he can.

Darius Morris knocked down a 3, but didn't really do much else of note.

Deshawn looked disinterested.


October 17th, 2009 at 12:07 AM ^

That's the thing I took away from tonight, good to see the freshman dropping in those threes. Who knows, maybe that's about all we'll see of him this year. Future sniper though.

Tonight also proves that people (myself included) get overly excited when a semi-athletic looking white guy starts doing trick dunks. What fun.


October 17th, 2009 at 2:52 AM ^

I've noticed that since last year, Zack seems to really be enthused/involved with the Maize Rage. You really see that in the video.

I know he spoke about making the Rage larger; he was actually in it during a few women's games last year. Kid is quite the showman, but you can tell he really has fun with it!


October 17th, 2009 at 10:15 AM ^

Darius Morris looked really explosive on his dunks. A good sign for sure.

And John Beilein's intro dance was absolutely priceless. That may have been the most forced dance ever, but he appeared to get into it as he got to the crowd. Hilarious. Man i'm excited for basketball season