UCLA commit Zach LaVine’s crazy behind-the-back dunk helps win even crazier dunk contest

Ben Rohrbach
Prep Rally

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive array of dunks than those orchestrated at the Ballislife All-American Dunk Contest. Maybe the NBA's dunk contest might actually be exciting in a couple years, especially if Zach LaVine is involved.

Of all the ridiculous dunkers at the Ballislife competition, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound UCLA commit was the most remarkable, probably finding a few new future fans during his first impression on Los Angeles-area basketball nuts in Long Beach, Calif.

Sure, New Mexico-bound forward Tim Myles can jump over things. Chairs, teammates, you name it, he'll throw down a monster two-handed dunk over it.

Miami football commit Derrick Griffin can dunk, too. No doubt about it. Although, his teammate's soccer-style alley-oop is arguably just as impressive. Bend it like broham.

Likewise, Oregon-bound Jordan Bell and future Marquette Warrior Deonte Burton contort themselves mid-air in ways the pretzels at the snack bar only wish they could.

But Lavine -- dunk after dunk -- put on a show. He started with a between-the-legs ode to California's own J.R. Rider, and then followed with an airborne behind-the-back dunk that made Chris Webber's slam over Charles Barkley seem elementary in comparison.

LaVine probably could have walked away with the trophy right there. Instead, he threw down three more trophy-worthy flushes: one while looking down on the rim; another between-the-legs, off-the-backboard, 360-degree sort of thing that might as well be called The LaVine at this point; and a between-the-legs, up-and-under dunk that would have been extraordinary had he not just ripped off a slew of slams even more insane.

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