Why beat around the bush when all the best highlights at the start of March are fabulous playoff dunks? Here's the best of the past week, with a nifty block, a game-changing mid-air lay-in in a nationally hyped game and jv buzzer beater for good measure.
• Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (Ill.) vs. Hillcrest (Ill.): The defending Illinois 3A state champs are no more, thanks in large part to three humongous dunks by Wayne Blackshear, the nationally-hyped Louisville commit.
• Klinton Carlson, Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa) vs. Norwalk (Iowa): What's better than a great alley-oop dunk? A great alley-oop dunk that provides the margin of victory in an overtime state title game. In this case, Klinton Carlson provided the finishing touches on a terrific alley-oop from Connor Coleman, who made his only assist of the game count more than any other.
• Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) vs. Fishers (Ind.): Gary Harris wasn't the only player who came up big in Southeastern's win, but he was the biggest factor in a huge Sectional Championship win for Southeastern, often leaning back upon the exceptional athleticism he showed on this 360 dunk.
• Dreshaun Morris, Bertie (N.C.): We're not entirely sure in which game Morris elevated for this alley-oop slam, but whenever it was, it made for an entertaining highlight, to put it mildly. Considering his youth, we're betting we'll probably see a lot more of Morris in the near future.
• Christopher Obekpa, Our Savior New American (N.Y.): This clip is another that comes from a mystery game, but it's also another slam that registers on the dunkasaurus meter, complete with bonus points for coming off a block. Seriously, how often do you see a tip dunk on a dunk? That's impressive.
• Mitchell Elmore, Scecina (Ind.): Considering the fact that Elmore recorded seven blocks in a single game earlier this season, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the senior game through with a monster rejection of what seemed to be a surefire slam. Still, it's pretty stunning to see a dunk go flying off in the other direction, no matter how it happens.
• Nick Donato, South Colonie (N.Y.) junior varsity vs. Bethlehem (N.Y.) junior varsity: Sure, this buzzer beater came in a junior varsity game, and the shooter himself may be obscured by a combination of another fan and a referee, but still, the shot is from three-quarters court! That's amazing, no matter where it happens.
• Ryan Boatright, East Aurora (Ill.) vs. Benet (Ill.): Not only does UConn recruit Ryan Boatright have incredible dunking skills, he also has pure game-changing skills. Perhaps that's not surprising. What can't be understated, however, is how his ability to take over a game can completely revolutionize a team's fortunes, as Illinois' top-ranked team, Benet, found out in a season-ending loss on Tuesday.