The U of M's Rodney Williams Jr. is far and away the best dunker in Minnesota [VIDEOS]
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|Rodney Williams Jr. is the best dunker Minneapolis has seen since Gerald Green.|
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But even if the Wolves had more guys with serious hops, the Best Dunker in Minnesota title would probably still reside in Williams Arena. Because over the past couple seasons -- and during the last month, in particular -- Gophers senior Rodney Williams Jr.'s series of sick throwdowns has started to turn heads nationally.
Williams Jr.'s 2012-13 highlight reel began late last month with this monster putback:
But he outdid himself with a breakaway 360 jam during Monday night's Gophers victory over North Dakota State -- a dunk that unfolded right as the announcers were praising Williams Jr.'s ridiculous leaping ability:
It's not like the crazy dunks Williams Jr. has unleashed this season come as a surprise, as the 6-7 forward has entire YouTube highlight reels dedicated to his 2011-12 exploits:
And as an added bonus, there's more to Williams Jr.'s game than crazy hops. During the Gophers 11-1 start to the season, he's averaging per-game career highs in points (13.4), rebounds (6.3), assists (2.1), blocks (1.6), and his stroke at the free-throw stripe has even come around (70 percent). Sure, fans love his dunks, but it's those sorts of numbers -- along with great length and an active presence on defense -- that puts a smile on Tubby Smith's face and gets scouts buzzing about Williams Jr.'s NBA potential.