Crossett's Jeremy Evans Wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest

by Doc Harper  on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 12:13 pm  

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Crossett native Jeremy Evans won the NBA's premiere event of All-Star Weekend, the Slam Dunk Contest. The highlight of his performance was his patented, "jump over guy in chair, catch two balls in mid-air, and throw them down" dunk. It is quite difficult to execute, as evidenced by his failed first attempt.

The dunk contest is mostly associated with Michael Jordan's "Air" logo, Dwight Howard donning his Superman cape, Vince Carter hanging from the rim by his elbow, and Blake Griffin jumping over the hood of a Kia, but there have been several lesser known players make a name for themselves among basketball fans by performing in the contest. Like Gerald Green, who blew out a candle on a cupcake in 2008 or the various players who dunked blindfolded in the 90s.

The pertinent question is where this places him in the annals of Arkansas basketball performances. Clearly, Evans is now in Scottie Pippen's and Derek Fisher's club for Arkansans who weren't Razorbacks but won NBA hardware. And if you look at the resumes of some of the people already in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, you have to wonder, how much more does Evans have to do to get in? He's unlikely to be a headliner, but it seems he'd have decent odds of being one of those guys "also entering the hall this year." (sarcasm level: mild.)

Before his dunk title, Evans played for Western Kentucky for four years and is the program's all-time leader in blocked shots. He was also a member of the 2009 team that, as a 12-seed, upset Illinois in the NCAA Tournament. Per the Western Kentucky website, Evans, an acclaimed artist, gained notice by drawing a sketch of CBS announcer Dan Bonner during the tournament that year (really). He was named All-State his junior and senior year of high school at Crossett, as well as County Player of the Year as a senior.

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If you're wondering why former Razorback head coach Stan Heath didn't recruit an in-state player who'd go on to be drafted by the Utah Jazz, we couldn't tell you. Perhaps, like Pippen, he grew quite a bit after getting into college.

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