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Five-foot-10 NAIA guard wins slam dunk contest

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

The best dunker in college basketball may be an undersized NAIA guard from a school best known as one of the oldest colleges in Tennessee.

Martin Methodist College's James Justice, generously listed at 5-foot-10, laid claim to that title on Thursday night when he eclipsed a handful of Division I players to capture college basketball's slam dunk contest. He beat out Auburn's Kenny Gabriel, Miami's DeQuan Jones and Clemson's Bryan Narcisse in the semifinals.

The winning dunk from Justice was a between-the-legs left-handed slam shown in the video above. It brought the judges out of their seats, earned the No. 1 play on "SportsCenter's" top 10 and inspired comparisons between Justice and last year's dunk contest winner, Jacob Tucker of Division III Illinois College.

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Like Tucker, Justice needed a fan campaign just to earn entry into the contest. Martin Methodist actually produced a video for Justice highlighting his best dunks of the year and encouraging fans to vote the senior guard into the event via social media.

Tucker went on to actually become a member of the Harlem Globetrotters this year. The way Justice gets off the ground, it wouldn't be at all surprising if he ends up with a similar opportunity.

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