Zach LaVine seizes UCLA’s unofficial dunk title

The Bruins have a new dunk champion. Last year, Norman Powell had clearly staked that title. Now, he’s been dethroned by true freshman Zach LaVine.

“The way he dunks the ball, no question,” sophomore Kyle Anderson said. “I wouldn’t put anybody in the conference up with him.”

According to Anderson, Powell may still be slightly better at finishing a stiffly contested dunk. When it comes to freestyling, however, LaVine has the edge.

UCLA’s point forward recalled a scrimmage at Pauley Pavilion over the summer. While sitting behind the basket, he watched LaVine turn rise up from outside the circle on a fast break, dunking under a defender before coming back up and finishing.

“It was one of the best dunks I’ve ever seen,” Anderson said.

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  • Bruin 34

    Damn!

  • EncinitasBruin

    That’s exciting. I’m happy for Zach. Can’t wait to watch our rejuvenated BB team take the court in like three weeks… But at this moment in time, Jack, let’s provide a wee bit of context: tomorrow’s game against Stanford is arguably the BIGGEST football game we’ve played since the Miami Debacle of ’98. This is the toughest and most important back-to-back road series in more than a decade. If UCLA can emerge 1-1 over the next 8 days, we will have turned a GIGANTIC corner for our program. However, if we drop both games to Stanford and Oregon, we will once again be seen as the “program that almost achieved greatness.” Where’s the ink, bro?

    • Mark

      hmm , Ucla has played in the conference championship game the past 2 season. Those games seem bigger than a regular season game.

      • EncinitasBruin

        That’s a good point. However, this is why I think this is more important: We are ranked in the top 10 for the first time since ’05, and have a chance to rise higher since Louisville lost tonight. If we win tomorrow, that brings us to the Oregon game, where we will probably be ranked #5 or #6 (since Clemson and Alabama play each other tomorrow), and Oregon will be either #2 or (if Alabama loses) #1. When was the last time we had a top 5 team with a shot at beating the #2 team in the nation?

        • chriskim

          Excellent point. We have to beat Stanford.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      LOL typical bRuin mentality, shooting for 1-1!

      • c2blum

        Suc hoping to end embarrassing season 6-7

  • dtalker

    Coach Wooden recruited players who played above the rim.

  • c2blum

    Athletic, yup! Clip towards the end defender is Kyle Anderson slo-mo defense, ugh

  • barry1817

    saw the open practices on Sunday and anything can look impressive until you measure what is happening against another school and that team.