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No list of top dunks is complete without Derek Anderson

Nor is a list of “Smooth Oozers”

Hey, did you know it’s still not basketball season?  You did?  I know it feels like it’s already been forever, but there are still a couple months to wait until things get under way again.  Freakin sucks.

In the meantime, though, Myron Medcalf decided there was plenty of time in the offseason to talk about his “most memorable dunks,” and for that I like Myron Medcalf.  Of course, because it was a list of best college dunks, it had Derek Anderson on it. Particularly:

Kentucky’s Derek Anderson slams over Louisville’s Nate Johnson: In 1996 and ’97, Kentucky went to back-to-back title games and Derek Anderson was one of Rick Pitino’s top players. Anderson’s slam against rival Louisville in 1996 was arguably the play of the year for the program. Anderson leapt over Nate Johnson on a fast break as Johnson tried to undercut him. But Anderson continued to rise before finishing the play with a nasty dunk over Johnson. Swinging on the rim after the fact was unnecessary, but it was a Kentucky-Louisville rivalry game. It happens. Anderson wanted to send a message and he did.

The only part I disagree with is the rim-swinging being unnecessary.  Taunting against Louisville is always necessary.  In case you’ve forgotten what Myron is talking about (you haven’t), here it is in all its glory:

Personally, I would have also included Darius vs. St. John’s and MKG’s Trainwreck Express.  But that’s speaking with a little bit of bias.  What other dunks could we add to the list?

Article written by Corey Nichols

36 Comments for No list of top dunks is complete without Derek Anderson

  1. TheLaw
    9:05 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I love watching highlights from those years (96-98), and the Mercer/Anderson combination was filthy with the dunks. However, my Dad would disown me if I didn’t mention his favorite dunk of all time, and unquestionably one of the top 10 UK dunks of all time, if not #1. Watch Dirk Minnifield do work…

  2. Michael
    9:13 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    This is my personal favorite.
    It also shows what great fans UK has that showed up for that NIT game and rocked Memorial.

  3. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:14 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m obviously being a little bias, but Azubuike’s dunk against Vandy. At that time, he was just a bench player. The dunk was definitely a bit of foreshadowing on what was to come.

  4. TheLaw
    9:17 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    2 – very nice, that was an instant classic

  5. KC
    9:18 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    You should also add the one that happened a few weeks before that also at Freedom Hall against Indiana, where Derek dunked on Andre Patterson.

    9:18 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #1’s dad. The Minnifield dunk is the best ever. You have to watch it 2-3 times to really see what’s going on. UNREAL!!

  7. AMG
    9:30 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Joe on Louisville. Quite disgusting I must say.

  8. RevRandyJ
    9:32 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t come up with video, but Jeff Sheppard had an unbelievably nasty dunk vs IU in 97 or 98. From what I remember, he jumped from the block, over a guy, and threw it down hard.

  9. Humper
    9:35 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Without a doubt, The Minnfield Dunk!

  10. Hanging on the Rim
    9:42 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hanging on the rim in that play was justifiable. There was nothing “unnecessary” about it.

  11. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:48 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

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  12. Damon
    9:48 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    #2. You beat me to it.
    Stevenson vs UNLV was pretty frickin awesome.

  13. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:48 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

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  14. James K
    9:49 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Two things.

    1. Azubuike’s dunk against Vandy was so incredible because he came in and completely took the game over. That dunk was the exclamation point on like a personal 16 point run, and it was also a moment where the entire fanbase was thinking ‘holy crap, how good is this kid gonna be?!’

    2. I think Epps’ pass to Anderson in that clip does not get enough love. That is a RIDICULOUS pass, and the dunk never would’ve happened without that insanely well placed pass. The angle and the placement of the bounce were so well done.

  15. bluesince66
    10:12 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Minnifields dunk, a bunch of DA’s and Bledsoes against Wake Forest.

  16. Old Timer
    10:13 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Any dunk by James Lee as long as you have Cawood saying “There he goes!!” dubbed in. You can’t have one without the other.

  17. UKinFLA
    10:20 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Begins and ends with Heshimu on Indiana

  18. DT in DC
    10:23 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    There was an awesome dunk by Rex in (I think) the ’87 IU game at the Hoosier Dome. If I remember correctly, in OT off a steal by Richard Madison. Speaking of which, the Master Blaster had a few highlight dunks of his own during his time!

    Or this one by Rex vs. Louisville in ’86?

    How about that Minnifield half court lob to Sam Bowie in ’81 Senior Night game vs LSU? I heart Al McGuire!

    I love the old school dunks!

  19. James K
    10:28 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    The Heshimu dunk isn’t as impressive athletically, in my opinion. It was a nice dunk, and exciting in the context, but not in the same conversation as the others mentioned.

  20. Matt in Franklin
    10:33 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    #8…Yep that’s my fave…and it’s also why Shep is my favorite bball Wildcat ever…

  21. Real Cats Fan
    10:57 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    He was being undercut – he had no choice but to hang on the rim.

    Speaking of D.A. and famous dunks of that era, does anyone remember the lob dunk from Anderson to Ron Mercer against Georgia Tech in 1997? That dunk was absolutely sick! The pass was slightly behind Mercer, so he had to rotate his body in midair and reach back for the pass before slamming it home. Couldn’t find any video of it. Darius had a similar lob dunk last year.

    A.D. had a few dunks that could make any list, but he made it look so easy that you don’t think it is quite as spectacular as some of the old favorites.

  22. Todd
    11:04 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    What about that Perry Stevenson dunk where the guy tried to draw a charge and b/c perry only weighed 100 lbs. couldn’t knock him over so he streched out those arms and dunked from like 8 feet away. That was weird, but totally awesome.

  23. ebell55
    11:09 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    14 that was a nasty bounce pass buy Epps. The DA dunk against IU was great because he did the Bankhead bounce (a popular dance back then) on them!! Dickie V “you don’t need to do that Derek” Classic

  24. Kyle
    11:26 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    DA’s dunk against Indiana in Freedom Hall was almost just as good:

    I was there in person and it was awesome live.

  25. T Jones On 'Em
    11:37 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Not saying this is the best of all time, but it might be top 15?

  26. Tuscaloosacat
    11:41 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    James Lee vs Soviet Union 1977 in Memorial colliseum.

  27. Gold Standard
    11:42 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

  28. Gold Standard
    11:51 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Eric Bledsoe’s dunk on Wake Forrest

  29. Gold Standard
    12:02 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink


  30. UKNeal7
    12:02 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    what #28 said

  31. Gold Standard
    12:02 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

  32. Gold Standard
    12:05 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

  33. I saw this one live
    12:10 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

  34. Suffo_Cats
    3:57 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Not the top dunk but it was one that blew the roof off of Rupp… When Antoine Barber finally showed up in the last game on Senior Day vs Florida and he jammed one hard in traffic after penetrating the lane. It made you say where was this for the last 2 years, number 1 Juco transfer. Not the best but one I will always remember,

  35. Randy Marsh
    5:33 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    If it has already been discussed, I apologize, but everyone should check out Heshimu Evans’ dunk against IU. I think it was in ’97 in the ’97-’98 season. Also sick.

  36. louisvillelaw22
    6:41 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    It bears repeating: Any list missing Dirk Minnifield going into low earth orbit at a time before break away rims is just plain wrong.