The Best Dunker You’ve Never Seen. That’s the headline we used earlier this month when Jacob Tucker, a 5-11 senior from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., posted a dunk video on YouTube in an attempt to get an invitation to the 2011 State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest. Today, the guard with a 50-inch running vertical is practically a household name. Beating out Lee University’s Larriques “Rico” Cunningham (who has a serious reel as well) in an online vote, Tucker will compete tonight in Houston. Read More »
Before last season, we put you on to Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) forward Larriques Cunningham. Now in his senior year, Rico (as they call him) has added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame, and as his school claims, is “one of the best athletes in the country.” We’d be hard-pressed argue with that.
The best highlight of the week comes out of Lee University, a small NAIA school in Tennessee. At their recent annual season tip-off event, the team put on a little dunking exhibition for their fans. Junior forward, Larriques Cunningham stole the show with one of the dirtiest jams I’ve seen in a long time. The 6-5 Franklin, GA native took off just inside the free-throw line and caught a bounce lob from a teammate with one hand, cocked it back and sailed in for a dunk.