January 17, 2011
Ike Nwamu wasn't on the cheat sheet of biggest names at the annual Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., over the weekend, but he might have stolen the massive high school basketball event's biggest headlines with one of the more impressive slam dunk contest performances we've ever seen.
As you can see above, Nwamu essentially out Vince Carter-ed Vince Carter, duplicating classic dunks from Carter's memorable slam dunk contest win in 2000, when he was still a member of the Toronto Raptors. While Nwamu, a Cleveland State recruit, may be an unlikely candidate to assume Carter's professional throne, he made a case for himself as one of the best prep dunkers around with the first two dunks in the clip above, in which he went between his legs and shoved his arm through the rim, a clear Carter reference.
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While Carter wasn't in attendance, another former NBA Slam Dunk champ was, with former Celtic Dee Brown sitting courtside, helping vote Nwamu's routine better than all others, which is saying something considering the fact that the Hoophall Classic also featured some of the high school rank's preeminent dunkers, like Les Schwab Classic dunk contest champion Demetris Morant of Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High.
In the end, none of those challengers could keep up with Nwamu's explosive routine, which earned him some well-won attention, even if the Westchester Country Day (N.C.) School senior isn't the first name on people's lips after some of his team's victories.
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