Best USC Dunks of the Year


April 21, 2013 by Seth Rubinroit

By Seth Rubinroit

1.7 miles.

Lob City is just a quick jog down Figueroa Street from the Galen Center, where new coach Andy Enfield hopes to recreate the magic of FGCU’s Dunk City.

In honor of Enfield’s run-and-gun playing style, Galen Central ranked the three best dunks of USC’s 2012-2013 season. Agree? Disagree? Comment below or react on Twitter.

Third Place: J.T. Terrell vs. UCLA

What a moment. Byron Wesley inbounded the ball to Jio Fontan, who quickly swung the ball to J.T. Terrell, who stood waiting at the three-point line.

Terrell pump-faked and dribbled past UCLA’s Travis Wear. The lane parted as Terrell exploded towards the rim, cocked the ball behind his head, and threw down a monstrous dunk, instantly silencing the Pauley Pavilion crowd.

“I was on the bench, and I turned around to the fans sitting behind out bench and started screaming with them like I had dunked it,” forward Ari Stewart said. “I can only imagine if he did it at home.”

Click here to learn the secret behind Terrell’s dunk, and watch the dunk 49 seconds into this video:

Second Place: James Blasczyk vs. Oregon State

If he had not already, James Blasczyk established himself as a fan favorite with this thunderous put-back dunk.

With seconds remaining until halftime, Byron Wesley drove the line for what was likely going to be the last shot of the opening half. From seemingly out of nowhere, Blasczyk dunked Wesley’s miss mere moments before the halftime buzzer sounded. The hustling USC basketball big man was mobbed by teammates as the Galen Center crowd exploded.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Blasczyk said. “I was more excited for my team’s response than the dunk.”

First Place: J.T. Terrell vs. Utah

It is difficult to argue against J.T. Terrell’s dunk over four helpless Utah defenders.

ESPN named it the college basketball dunk of the night, and it made the SportsCenter Top 10. The Pac-12 Networks called it the best dunk of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Honorable Mention: Renaldo Woolridge in the College Slam Dunk Contest

While it did not take place in a regular season game, Renaldo Woolridge’s dunk in the College Slam Dunk Contest in Atlanta is worth a second look.

One thought on “Best USC Dunks of the Year

  1. […] Terrell will be remembered for his athleticism and his highlight-reel dunks: […]

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