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Nevada's Deonte Burton unleashes one of the season's best dunks

Jeff Eisenberg
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It's no accident NBA scouts consider Nevada's Deonte Burton perhaps the most athletic point guard prospect in this June's draft class.

What other point guard could throw down a dunk as filthy as the one the 6-foot-1 Burton delivered Wednesday night during an 84-82 double-overtime victory at Boise State?

The play developed almost like a soccer give-and-go as Jerry Evans received an entry pass in the high post while Burton cut hard to the rim. Burton badly beat his man, received a perfectly timed bounce pass from Evans, absorbed contact from hoplessly late help defender Ryan Watkins and unleashed a thunderous one-handed jam.

New Mexico center Alex Kirk poked fun at Watkins on Wednesday night, tweeting "First tries jumping over me and then he catches ... Big men be careful for the lil fella."

Watkins was a good sport, responding to Kirk "lol right I forgot he had that much boost."

The picturesque dunk adds to a season in which Burton has buoyed his draft stock by improving his efficiency in all aspects of the game.

He is averaging 19.9 points per game, hitting a career high 47.3 percent of his shots and delivering more than twice as many assists as turnovers. The only obvious weakness in his game besides his height is his 3-point shot, which remains erratic largely because there aren't too many defenders he can't beat off the dribble.

The outstanding season from Burton has elevated Nevada to the Mountain West's middle tier. With their mild upset at Boise State, the Wolfpack (14-16, 9-8) are now tied with the Broncos for fourth in the league and have a chance to get as high as a tie for third if they defeat UNLV on Saturday.

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