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Who Would Win an All-Time UCF Slam Dunk Contest?

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We’ve got five of the highest fliers in Knights history, but which one is the best?

Aubrey Dawkins dunk
Aubrey Dawkins can fly. It’s verified.
Derek Warden

Time now for some less-depressing UCF Basketball content.

So after watching UCF wreck VCU in part thanks to this:

And then watching a bunch of UCF Basketball alumni here:

That and all this stuff about Zion Williamson and looking back at the 2004 and 2005 UCF Knights basketball teams got me thinking something:

We’ve had a lot of high-flyers at UCF over the last 15 years, but who was the highest?

What if we had an all-UCF slam dunk contest? Who would be in it? Who would win it?

I picked out the five players I thought were the best dunkers in UCF history, and scavenged up some highlights of them from the dark corners of YouTube. Check them out, and vote below:

Dexter Lyons

Dex played two years at UCF after transferring over from Daytona Beach Community College, and from 2002-2004, he was spectacular on both sides of the floor. He didn’t get too many opportunities to flash his ups at UCF, but when he did, it was spectacular.

He played overseas in Spain and Japan, and now lives back home in the Atlanta area where he coaches at various camps.

Justin Rose

Rose also played just two years at UCF (2004-2006) after transferring from junior college. Even though he wasn’t the most prolific scorer in his time (8.7 points per game in 51 career games), but when he did score, it was often spectacular.

Justin lives in Junction City, Kansas.

Dave Diakite

Diakite came from the Washington, D.C. area, and similar to Rose, may not have been the most prolific scoring threat (4.0 ppg in 62 games from 2008-2011), but he was by far and away the most exciting, as you can see above. Few UCF players were as vicious heading to the rack in the open floor as Dave.

Diakite transferred to Rollins College, and became a prolific scorer from 2011-13, averaging 11 per game over 56 games for the Tars. He currently lives in West Hollywood, California and runs an apparel company.

Jermaine Taylor

JT is the GOAT. He’s UCF’s all-time leader in scoring in the Division I era, and still leads in three-pointers made. But nobody could fly the way Jermaine could, and seemingly one a game we were treated to his aerial artistry.

After getting picked by Wizards and acquired by the Kings in a trade on draft night, Jermaine found himself to Houston, and then found success in the NBA G-League. He’s still playing in the Big3 league.

Aubrey Dawkins

It might seem strange, but we didn’t get to see too much of Aubrey’s aerial ability this season at UCF, aside from the VCU dunk above and that alley-oop against Duke. But go back into high highlights from his time at Michigan and we’ve got ourselves some Blue Angels-level aerobatics going on.

I hope we get one more season to see Aubrey do more of what he did against Duke. But even if we don’t, wow, were we lucky to see a player blossom into a star before our eyes.

Who ya got?

Poll

Who would win a slam dunk contest?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Dexter Lyons
    (1 vote)
  • 10%
    Justin Rose
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Dave Diakite
    (1 vote)
  • 57%
    Jermaine Taylor
    (23 votes)
  • 27%
    Aubrey Dawkins
    (11 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now