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Dunk of the Year Candidate: Hampton’s Derrion Pellum

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Whereas most players who attempt an off-the-backboard dunk in a game are accused of favoring style over substance, Hampton's Derrion Pellum managed to pull off the risky move at a time when it wasn't all flash.

In Wednesday night's game against Maryland Eastern Shore, Pellum poked away the ball from guard Mark Robertson at midcourt but didn't have a good angle after he retrieved the ball and raced up court in transition. As a result, Pellum evaded Robertson by tossing the ball off the glass, moving around him and throwing down an emphatic two-handed slam.

Pellum's self alley-oop earned top play honors on "SportsCenter" and helped the Hampton star receive the type of exposure that is typically difficult for players in the MEAC to get.

Pellum, a senior guard, leads the MEAC in scoring at 18.4 points per game. He scored 33 points against Maryland Eastern Shore, three shy of his career high.

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