I’ve been scared of this post for a while. Not because it wouldn’t be fun to write but because it would be too much fun. Too consuming. I might never emerge from YouTube.
I might become the “Tom Hanks in Castaway” of researching dunks and reappear in time for my son’s first birthday with a scraggly beard that Hedo Turkoglu would raise an eyebrow at.
It had to be done, though, and as I might be the biggest Markel homer on the planet, I suppose I’m the one who must do it (the Oklahoman did it, too, before the 360).
Here we go, in reverse order, the 10 best dunks of Markel Brown’s career.
It’s really shocking that none of these made the cut. They would be the best career dunks for 95 percent of college basketball players. The Baylor and Tech off the backboard ones are my two favorites out of the ones that didn’t make the list.
10. The Ivy League One
Often forgotten when exploring the Markel pantheon. Maybe because it was against Harvard or maybe because it was in the NIT or maybe because 2011 feels like a long time ago, but it must be included.
9. The AFH One
The timing of this one is probably under-appreciated. The pass from Keiton, too.
8. The Octagon One
I don’t know why I love this one so much. It’s not the apex of his athleticism or particularly memorable. I think I love it for its simplicity and violence. Like “you’re coming at me on a fast break?! Watch this.”
7. The Other 360
Just a harbinger of 360s to come. A joke of an athletic move. I remember watching this over Christmas in 2012 and just yelping with delight. Me and about 93 people in GIA.
6. The Garden One
This was that poor Virginia Tech player’s “welcome to division I college hoops” moment.
5. The Smelly One
This elicited probably his best reaction ever. I’m still astonished for how long he hung in the air on the back end of this baby. Like a middle finger to gravity.
4. The Windmill
The most subtle of all of them.
3. The Missouri One
That was a special night. Two of the five best dunks of Markel’s career and an upset of a top five Mizzou team? Pretty awesome.
2. The 360
It’s incredible that a college basketball player could do a 360 in a real college basketball game (a conference one, at that) and it not be the best dunk of his career.
1. The Ejection
Let’s be honest, barring him taking a poop on Jeff Withey’s head while in midair this was never getting topped.
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