December 05, 2010
When two-sport star Shay Shine graduated from DeSoto County High School in Arcadia, Fla., in 2008, longtime basketball coach Kip Rhoten summed up his star guard to the DeSoto Sun Herald in one brief sentence.
"I've had better basketball players, but I've never had a better athlete," he said.
Shine offered a glimpse of the athleticism his high school coach once raved about on Saturday night when he unleashed a vicious fast-break dunk that landed him the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's top plays.
Late in the first half of a 76-73 victory over UNC Asheville, the 6-foot-2 High Point junior chased down an outlet pass, drove straight at the rim and threw down a one-handed slam over the top of a 6-foot-10 defender who foolishly slid over to take a charge way too late.
[Rewind: 'Greatest' missed dunk, ever]
The dunk was the most memorable highlight from Shine's best performance of the season thus far. Shine scored 19 points and had seven steals, six assists and five rebounds, helping Big South contender High Point improve to 4-3 on the season and remain undefeated in conference play.
[Rewind: Amazing, game-winning dunk]
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