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VOTE: What is the best dunk in the John Calipari era at Kentucky?

Photo: (Bob Donnan/USATSI)

Photo: (Bob Donnan/USATSI)

Over the last week or so, the official Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account has created a tournament of all the top dunks we’ve seen over the course of the John Calipari Era in Lexington.

Now, we’ve finally reached the championship round.

After three rounds, the final two dunks remaining are James Young’s vicious poster slam in the 2014 national title game or Willie Cauley-Stein’s ridiculous throwdown from the SEC logo against Florida in 2015.

Here are the replays of both dunks and the poll right beneath so you can vote on your favorite:

At the time of this post, Cauley-Stein’s dunk holds a slim 51%-49% lead over Young’s throwdown.

Here were the original seedings:

  • No. 1 seed: James Young with the nasty slam in the 2014 National Championship
  • No, 2 seed: Willie Cauley-Stein’s throwdown from the SEC logo against Florida in 2015
  • No. 3 seed: Willie Cauley-Stein poster slam against Cincinnati in 2015
  • No. 4 seed: Jamal Murray climbing the ladder against South Carolina in 2016
  • No. 5 seed: Darius Miller’s one-handed lob against St. John’s in 2011
  • No. 6 seed: Darius Miller poster slam against Ole Miss
  • No. 7 seed: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist breakaway dunk against Portland in 2011
  • No. 8 seed: Anthony Davis’ throwdown vs. Louisville in the 2012 Final Four
  • No. 9 seed: Eric Bledsoe’s cram on Wake Forest in the 2010 NCAA Tournament
  • No. 10 seed: Marcus Lee’s off-the-backboard alley-oop from Tyler Ulis against South Carolina in 2016

James Young’s dunk in the 2014 title game topped Jamal Murray’s dunk at South Carolina in one semifinal matchup, while Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk against Florida topped Darius Miller’s dunk against Ole Miss in the other semifinal round.

Voting ends for the championship matchup tomorrow, so make sure to pick your favorite before time runs out!

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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13 Comments for VOTE: What is the best dunk in the John Calipari era at Kentucky?



  1. Headhurts
    1:53 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    That one dunk when Cal grabbed that apple fritter with his left hand and tomahawked it into his coffee.



  2. az1006
    2:01 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    WCS had a better dunk against Cincinnati in the NCAAT that year



  3. TOMCATS1990
    2:02 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    I vote for the uniforms!!! Both Dunks are GREAT!



  4. KYCat4EVER
    2:31 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    The dunk of the 2012 NCAA basketball championship trophy into our UK trophy cases…

    Now Coach… when do we get a follow up to that one???

    GO BIG BLUE!



  5. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:47 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    Well only 1 was a dunk.



  6. BobbyBlue
    3:30 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    WVS dunk is the winner of the two



    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      5:47 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

      How is his “dunk” better, when it wasn’t a “dunk”. His “throw in” was better if you want to compare the 2, but his was not a dunk.



  7. BobbyBlue
    3:31 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    I hate spell check !



  8. BigBlueBudz62
    3:47 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    Terrace Jones had some goodies



  9. Dowser
    5:35 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    Hammie’s dunk against Nuffalo



  10. UKfanman01
    5:46 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    James Young vs UCONN



  11. Cletis75
    7:56 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    That Bledsoe dunk against Wake was awesome. They were all good though.



  12. bbn606
    10:01 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    The greatest ever was Dirk Minnefield, his shoulders was above the goal.