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Bizarre bounce leads to Division III guard’s memorable dunk

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

One of the craziest bounces of the college basketball season paved the way for perhaps the year's most unusual dunk.

Five minutes into Saturday's game between Division III Heidelberg University and Trine University, Heidelberg's Victor Fortkamp botched his attempt at a one-handed follow slam of a teammate's missed runner. The force of Fortkamp's missed dunk sent the ball maybe 25 feet in the air directly above the rim, enabling 6-foot-5 forward Nate Davis to time his leap for a soaring two-handed slam of his own.

The bizarre dunk landed Heidelberg a spot on SportsCenter's Top 10 on Saturday night, an unlikely feat for 1,600-student Ohio school that isn't even a Division III basketball power. Heidelberg finished the 2010-11 season with a 12-15 record and is off to an uninspiring 2-6 start this year.

It should come as no surprise to anyone at Heidelberg that it was Davis who delivered the YouTube-worthy highlight. The Dayton native is also a jumper and a sprinter on the school's track and field team.

Previous Dunk of the Year nominees:

UConn guard Jeremy Lamb

San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin

VMI forward Stan Okoye

Washington's Terrence Ross

Marquette's Vander Blue

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham

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