Those of us who cover high school sports for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution have seen our fair share of throw-down, rim-shaking, nasty dunks during a combined 100 or so years of coverage in this state.
We were in Thomaston in the 1980s when Kenny Walker of Crawford County flew over a couple of R.E. Lee players in the middle of the lane and brought the house down. We were at the B/C camp a few years later when Griffin’s Darrin Hancock put on a dunking exhibition, the last slam after flying over a large lunch room table he had placed near the free-throw line.
But we need your help to compile a list of the greatest dunkers in GHSA history. Here’s what we want you to do: Tell us below about the best dunk you’ve ever seen in a high school basketball game. Give us the player, the year (or estimation), the place and a solid description of the dunk. And if you want to possibly be part of our story, copy the post and send with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Greatest Dunkers in GHSA History” list and story will be posted on ajc.com and published in the newspaper’s sports section on Jan. 13, which happens to be the same day we will begin taking nominations for the ajc.com’s annual Slam-Dunk video contest. That competition is for current players.And just to whet the dunking appetite, here are a few factoids you just might recall:
They are Walker (Crawford County) in 1989, Josh Smith (McEachern) in 2005 and Dwight Howard (SW Atlanta Christian) in 2008.
They are Hancock (Griffin) in 1990, Carlos Strong (Cedar Shoals) in 1992 and Donnell Harvey (Randolph-Clay) in 1999.