Prep Rally isn't usually the type of blog to post full highlights of an event -- who, besides this humble prep sports blogger, has the time to watch that type of thing, right? -- but occasionally someone comes along that is just too fantastic to pass up. And when a cadre of the nation's most athletic basketball recruits all converge on the same site for a slam dunk contest, we're willing to adjudge that as one of those aforementioned "fantastic" events.
The clip you see above presents the best dunks from the inaugural Ballislife All-American Dunk Contest, which was held Thursday at Cal State Fullerton. While all the events that comprise part of Ballislife's first-ever shindig feature a distinct flavor of California talent, there were plenty of national names to drum up hype for the event.
What those national names did in the dunk contest was what made the event particularly spectacular. While any number of the dunks in the clip above could have been considered standouts, the following certainly stood out to Prep Rally:
• Stephen Maxwell's silky-smooth between-the-legs jam.
• Greg Sequelle's uber-flexible toe-tap dunk (that has to be the first time that number has been performed in competition, doesn't it?) and his arm-through-the-hoop Vince Carter impression.
• Jahii Carson's through-the-legs slam (not quite as smooth but seemingly more airborne than Maxwell's) and tried-but-true human leap dunk.
Yet, while all three of those performers were impressive, clearly, none could touch the quartet of dunks thrown down by the contest winner, Findlay Prep star Amir Garrett. The much ballyhooed guard produced a complicated crop of one-man slams, one with a one-armed reverse, another on a high-rising backwards jam, one power jam from behind the backboard and a smooth 360 dunk off an assist from the side of the backboard.
All told, it was a repertoire that the event's judges quite understandably couldn't overlook.
What also couldn't be overlooked was the impressive level of execution and athleticism on show in the contest itself. While the Ballislife dunk contest featured significantly fewer props than its NBA, NCAA and even McDonald's All-American cousins, that narrowed focus only seemed to give it a slightly old school feel, one which the competitors themselves lived up to admirably. Dare we say, it may have even made it more fun to watch than those other, more hyped dunk-offs.
Whether the event occurs again in 2012 remains to be seen. If it does, it'll have quite a lot to live up to based on its first run.