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Best of Midnight Madness: D.J. Stephens gets creative to win Memphis dunk contest

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Midnight Madness produces some memorable moments each year, so The Dagger is chronicling the best ones from Friday's lineup all weekend. If you spot something we missed, let us know here or here.

Original dunks are tough to concoct these days because of the proliferation of dunk contests, but Memphis high flyer D.J. Stephens may have succeeded Friday night. In the above video, freshman Shaq Goodwin lays the ball in, Stephens catches it as it goes through the net, puts it betweens his legs and throws down a powerful one-handed jam. (Sorry, the video quality isn't very good but at least the dunk quality is). That effort was more than good enough to win the dunk contest at Memphis Madness even though Stephens didn't make his final one, a wild behind-the-legs attempt he was trying for the first time.

More from Best of Midnight Madness Series:

• Wagner forward leaps over his mom and dad for dunk
• Kentucky transforms Rupp Arena floor into a projector screen
• D.J. Byrd pulls one over on unsuspecting Purdue crowd
• Jamie Dixon's 'Jackie Moon' costume wins the night
• Brittney Griner does a near-360 jam in Baylor's dunk contest
• Missouri's Keion Bell leaps over six people for a dunk
• Tom Izzo wows Michigan State crowd with 'Iron Man' entrance
• North Carolina freshmen don ballet slippers and tutus
• Kentucky women's coach channels MC Hammer

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