OBW America East All-Rim Wreckers (in game dunkers)
Kerry Weldon was rattling the rims for UMass Lowell this season. OBW File Photo / Sam Perkins
It was a pretty down year for the America East in most regards, but a surprisingly strong year when it came to the crowd-pleasing act of the slam dunk.
Antonio Bivins, Sr., F, UMass Lowell
Bivins was a one-man dunk show and human-highlight reel. Despite playing only half of the season, the crazy-athletic 6-foot-5 forward likely had as many (if not more) dunks than anyone else on this team. Bivins slammin’ season was highlighted by a five-dunk game at Maine, and a thrilling posterization of Maine forward Kilian Cato for the final points of his college career.
Eric McAlister, R-Sr., F, Stony Brook
At 6’8” with crazy length and bounce, McAlister cleaned up around the rim this year, scoring on an assortment of lops and put-back slams over opponents who can only crane their necks helplessly below.
Jordan Reed, Soph., F, Binghamton
Reed stands just 6-foot-3 but played elbows above the rim this year. A rare blend of strength, power and high-flying hops, the sophomore threw down a slew of authoritative alley-oop slams, finishing off back-door cuts in the half court with authority.
Clancy Rugg, Sr., F, Vermont
Statistics were kept for pure, disrespectful, in your face posterizations, Rugg likely would have led the league. The 6’8” forward not only has good hops and great length, but he has the brass. When defenders impede his path to the hoop, Rugg reaches back to put the extra “FU” factor on his slams.
Charles Taylor, Fr., G/F, UMBC
Only a freshman, Taylor may be the best pure leaper in the conference. At somewhere in the vicinity of 6-foot-3, he’s been a terror on the fast break, posterizing 6’8” Maine center Christian Ejiga, and catching multiple George Washington defenders on a lob.
Kerry Weldon, Sr., F, UMass Lowell
The thunder to Bivins’ lightening, the 6’5″ Weldon threw down several authoritative dunks in his own right, including a rock-the-cradle double-pump-reverse on the fast break against Duquesne and a monster alley-oop slam in traffic in the season finale against Maine.
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