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College / Dec 16, 2011 / 6:00 pm

Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham Adds To His Dunk Collection

Oregon State Basketball hasn’t been relevant in two decades, since Gary Payton and A.C. Green played in Corvallis. After being No. 1 in the nation and a No. 1 seed in the 1981 NCAA Tournament, the program’s bottom was its 0-18 mark in the Pac-10 in 2008. That led to the hiring of Craig Robinson — brother to First Lady Michelle Obama — as their head coach, whose first recruiting class included athletic guard Jared Cunningham.

Since then the Beavers have taken small steps to being more than a guaranteed W in the Pac-12, including beating Texas in November in New Jersey. One huge reason is Cunningham, a 6-4 junior from Oakland who dropped 37 points on the Longhorns on Nov. 19 and has, to be understated, huge hops.

Check out what he did last night against Howard:

That reverse alley-oop comes almost a year after the first dunk that put him on the map, a put-back against Arizona. If you say, “Kiss the sky” in Corvallis, people will know what you’re talking about.

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  • http://www.psychodrama.com Chicagorilla

    WOW! Kid can get up. He may not be the best dunker in his conference though. Nick Johnson over in Arizona and Jhai Carson at Arizona St. may have something to say about that.

    I would love to see a dunk off between those 3.

  • Davros

    Was it just me or did the PG in the first clip seem a bit ‘husky’?

  • Mink

    If you watch the second clip you can see him play. I think he was less “husky” then, he must be skipping the laps and jumping jacks

  • makessense

    Really? Those dunks were good enough to put that guy on the map? No way. Above average, but not great.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    Man, the second clip made me miss Kevin Calabro (former Sonics announcer delivers the “kiss the sky” line) all over again. I wonder if he has gotten offers from other NBA teams and just doesn’t want to leave the Northwest, cause he pops up on some Pac-12 and other local sports coverage; but he’d be the best play-by-play man in the NBA right now if he wanted to be.