Greatest dunkers in GHSA history: Help us compile the list

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 sports@ajc.com.

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:

  • Name three former Georgia high school players have won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest:

They are Walker (Crawford County) in 1989, Josh Smith (McEachern) in 2005 and Dwight Howard (SW Atlanta Christian) in 2008.

  • Name three Georgia high school players who won the dunk contest at the prestigious McDonald’s All-American all-star game.

They are Hancock (Griffin) in 1990, Carlos Strong (Cedar Shoals) in 1992 and Donnell Harvey (Randolph-Clay) in 1999.

241 comments Add your comment

classof2010

December 6th, 2012
11:31 am

Marcus thorthon westlake 2010

Blue Funk Era

December 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Antonio “Rick” Randall – Washington Wilkes High School – 1995 once dunked in a game against Harlem High School so viciously that the dunk shattered the goggles of the player underneath the net. Randall was also the slam dunk champion in the GACA All Star Game that year at UGA. He was known to point out opposing players that he would dunk on in games.

coACHJ

December 6th, 2012
11:52 am

louis williams south west gwinette

Eagles for Life

December 6th, 2012
11:56 am

Travis (T-Bird) Leslie of UGA by the way of Columbia High School.

Titletown USA

December 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

Ruben Harvey – 6′6″ 265 PF Terrell County HS….played at Albany State University. If he touched the ball in the paint, it was over. Strong as a bull ox, and vertical out of the world….best power dunker I have ever witnessed…and I grew up in Albany, GA aka “Basketball City”

Tha Truth

December 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

Shaquille Johnson- Milton

AP

December 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

I second Travis Leslie

Hubert Green

December 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

Shaquille Johnson once caught a lob against Bishop Gorman in which the top of the ball was even with the top of the backboard.

Matthew

December 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

Tony Woods Sr. from East Rome High School in the late 80’s. 6′8″ and about 240 and could drop step and dunk on anybody in the state at that time. Great player.

Todd

December 6th, 2012
12:44 pm

Jeff Sheppard from McIntosh in the early 90s. He won the Boston Shootout dunk contest. I saw him dunk from the free throw in a pre-season event. Went out to play for Kentucky and won the 1998 NCAA Tournament MVP.

GHSA

December 6th, 2012
12:46 pm

Didn’t we do this topic last year?

poppa4life

December 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

Harold Hubbard of Stone Mountain HS 1976-1980. went on to star for the Harlem globetrotters in the 80’s. dude could fly and had power. Like D. Wilkins and W. Berry

CDawg42

December 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

I second the Tony Woods Sr. comment. I played with a young Tony at East Rome and also Victor Saxton (who went on to star at Central Florida) who could throw it down at will, with force, with the best of them. Needless to say practice was always an event!

The Green Machine

December 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

J Sheppard could bounce, especially for a 6′-3″ white dude!

Westlakealum

December 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Westlake has a few kids we have AJ Moye (Mr. Georgia 1999) who did a360 two hand dunk in the championship game of the APS tournament. We have Marcus Thornton (Mr. Georgia 2010) who averaged 4 dunks a game! Also was the AJC slam duck champion!!! Honorable mention Dominique Crawford 2002 did a windmill off an alley in the Banneker game. Jeff Newberry 2010 pound for pound maybe had the most hops ive seen for a 6′2 guy. he could do anything imaginable.

1eyedJack

December 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

I went to the same High School as Tree Rollins and although I believe the dunk was illegal then, all you had to do was feed it to him and he would just let it roll off his finger tips into the basket.

Dry Branch

December 6th, 2012
1:04 pm

Herb White BABY!!!!!!!!!!

Dry Branch

December 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Al Wood Jones County, UNC, NBA

Adam

December 6th, 2012
1:15 pm

Josh(Greg) Tinch Westover in Albany early 00s. I watched him dunk on 2 of our players at one time. He played WR for louisville. He was a man.

Thrilla from Camilla

December 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

Anyone remember Calvin Thompson from Mitchell-Baker from early 80’s. Dude shattered at least 5 backboards and had more dunks than I can remember. Dondrial and Al Pinkins were great too!!

CSR

December 6th, 2012
1:22 pm

Jumaine Jones (Mitchell-Baker)

CL

December 6th, 2012
1:23 pm

Percy Eberhart, CCHS/CSHS, broke the glass during a game in the early 90’s. R.I.P.

jtj

December 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

No doubt Percy Eberhart from Clark Central. His grades sent him to JUCO, but Dick Vitale said once in a telecast that the best dunker in America was from Anderson College and his name is Percy Eberhart!! met his maker too soon, RIP

Norcross Blue

December 6th, 2012
1:30 pm

Al Farooq Aminu and Gani Lawal of Norcross

Norcross Blue

December 6th, 2012
1:31 pm

maybe JT Tiller of wheeler.

Old Golden Lion

December 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

Mark McSwain of St. Pius 1982 then on to the college capital of dunking Louisville

CL

December 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

Hey jtj, Coach Wade used that video as inspiration.

East Rome Gladiator

December 6th, 2012
1:40 pm

Man, I seen Tony Woods Sr back at East Rome High school in 1991 dunk on 2 twins for Bowden High School that were 6′8″ a piece in the state championship AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, 4REAL!!! Woods fouled both of them out in the 4th Qtr and he wound up with 30pts/30rebs. He was a BEAST in da middle!! His son is 6′11″ who plays for Oregon Ducks(his senior year)who will dunk on you just like his Dad but his Dad had more strength in his foundation!! Mannn, good ol days!!

That Dude Says...

December 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

Jeff Shepard gets my vote.

Best in game single dunks I’ve seen in person were by Jeff Sheppard/McIntosh, CJ Williams/Woodward, and Brandon Boykin/Fayette Co.

UGAdawg

December 6th, 2012
1:45 pm

Louis Williams was dunking for the Snellville Middle School 8th grade team. I believe I remember him saying his first time dunking was in 7th grade. Amazing, especially for his height.

tuber

December 6th, 2012
1:48 pm

ishmael muhhammed, WD Mohammed. Dunked all over us

NYCDAWGFAN

December 6th, 2012
1:48 pm

I don’t remember the kid’s name but, when I was in high school at Burke County (97/98-00/01) Dublin High was in our region.. They had a guy on their team that had UNBELIEVABLE hops!! I saw him do some crazy things.. Once during the region tourny @ Augusta State he dunked so hard that he got a tech!! He didn’t hang on the rim or anything, it was just that nasty… The whole gym went crazy and I felt so bad for the kid that got posterized.. I would love to know A. The guys name and B. whatever happened to him.

Red and Black til Death

dawgfacedboy

December 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

Fritz Hoerner, Milton, Class of ‘96.
Kyle Farnsworth, Milton, Class of 94. Dunked on Shareef Abdur Raheem from Wheeler.

DeKalb Raider

December 6th, 2012
1:52 pm

Quinton Hollis and LaMont McIntosh from Redan High School. Hollis, who signed with College of Charleston, once caught a miss off the backboard, over three Douglass defenders as a freshman. He had several rim rocking dunks during his time. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to knee injuries.

Against McNair, McIntosh, who played on Ga. State’s last team that advanced to the NCAA, once caught a missed jumper and windmilled the ball in after catching the rebound from his hip. McIntosh currently plays in the top European League in Germany.

1 Trick Pony

December 6th, 2012
1:56 pm

I agree with Percy Eberhart as well. He brought the house down on back to back dunks vs.Habersham Central back in the day. Speaking of back in the day, I can’t remember where he played at, but Griffin comes to mind, Jumping Joe Ward was raw, and you’d better get out his way !

Dry Branch

December 6th, 2012
1:57 pm

Chris Morris…………..

hambone

December 6th, 2012
2:03 pm

Does anybody ever recall a great dunker from south Georgia ?

bo wright

December 6th, 2012
2:16 pm

belock mcgarity paulding county high class of 1981 was an awesome dunker and an awesome talent had 48pts in one game, just did’nt have much upstairs though

Pastor Trey

December 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

Michael Banks from Southwest Atlanta Christian. I was on the bench as a coach when he drove the baseline and dunked reverse two handed on Ishmael Muhhammed from WD Mohammed who went on to play for GT.

Roberta Dunker

December 6th, 2012
2:26 pm

I was a freshman when Kenny “Sky” walker was a senior at Crawford Co. When they called him “Sky” walker they called him that for a reason. He could jump and place a quarter on top of the Backborad in Practice. When he played the entire county was at the gym, standing room only. It was always to come out and see him put on a show! Kenny “Sky” Walker was one of the best Leapers I’ve ever seen!

high school sports fan

December 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

I believe it was the March 6, 2009 Class AAAA semifinals at West Georgia– Miller Grove defeats Fayette County — Stephen Hill had 7 rim rattling dunks of various kinds in the game. He could jump out of the gym and Fayette Co. couldn’t slow him down that night.

Falconsjrt

December 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

What about James Forrest of southside high!

mrcvsjr

December 6th, 2012
2:33 pm

Michael Spruell. Albany High School

rusty

December 6th, 2012
2:34 pm

Scenario Hillman, Wilkinson County, mid 2000s

Deejus

December 6th, 2012
2:41 pm

Lorenzo Brown, Centennial H.S. 2006-2010. When he wanted to, ‘Zo threw it down like his life depended on it. Unbelieveable hangtime.

Mole

December 6th, 2012
2:46 pm

Beach High School in Savannah Late 1960’s. The whole team could dunk on you.

Principal Skinner

December 6th, 2012
2:54 pm

I saw Anjuan Wilderness jump over a kid in his Senior year at Dunwoody. True the dude was only 5′10” but it was still a show-stopper

tremell middlebrooks

December 6th, 2012
2:55 pm

Darrell Dunham Manchester,Ga.. 5′11 Dunking Machine.. All I gotta say is best dunker… ever!!

Blue Ridge Dawg

December 6th, 2012
3:07 pm

Casey Willis out of Fannin County High School. Class of 95′…. He was 5′10. White. Weighed 135 pounds. Highlight- He dunked over 2 defenders against a top ten team out of North Carolina. He went on to play point guard at North Alabama on scholarship.

balling

December 6th, 2012
3:07 pm

Greg Gray of Pebblebrook High School, Class of 1992!