Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
UNLV-Bound Derrick Jones Jumps Over 4 Guys to Win Mary Kline Dunk Contest
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Winning Dunk Contests is nothing new for Derrick Jones.
The 6-foot-7 UNLV-bound wing from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) won the dunk contest at last year’s Under Armour Elite 24 Game and has even impressed Dominique Wilkins with his dunking exploits.
But on Saturday night at the Mary Kline Classic at West Orange High School, Jones pulled out a truly special slam, jumping over four players, including 7-footer Josh Sharma, to win the Dunk Contest at the event. (Check out the video from Dan Exter.)
“I did it before so I just said I’m going to do it again,” Jones, who was also named Co-MVP of the Senior Game after pouring in 36 points, told SNY.tv, adding that he did a similar dunk in Indiana to win a dunk contest.
“I won it off that dunk so I said why not win off that dunk again.”
Asked if he had ever seen anyone dunk over four people before, he said, “Not that I know of, but I did it,”
He could end up making the SportsCenter Top 10, if not the No. 1 overall play with that dunk.
“Hopefully,” he said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.