The Dunk! The Ram! The Slam! The Bong! Whatever you want to call it, it’s an art form, birthed on the playground, that has revolutionized the way the game is played.
And no dunk will reverberate throughout this year’s NCAA Tournament landscape quite like the one Derrick Williams’ delivered last night against Duke in the Sweet 16.
If you somehow missed it, peep what he does with about 13:27 left in the first half.
If you were shocked by the game’s eventual outcome, you shouldn’t have been. While Greg Anthony, Greg Gumble and Kenny Smith acted patronizingly toward Charles Barkley when he predicted that Arizona would win, I saw the prescience in the Round Mound of Rebound’s pre and mid-game analysis.
If you haven’t been watching PAC-10 hoops over the past few years, here’s what you’ve missed – Derrick Williams is the Real Deal Holyfield!
Last year’s top freshman in the conference, Williams has been the most productive player in the land this year. He punctuated his case, with last night’s gem, of why his name should be included along with Jimmer, Kemba and Nolan Smith (I would also personally include Kansas’ Marcus Morris) as a candidate for the National Player of the Year award.
As he showed last night, his offensive arsenal is filled with more weaponry than an LL Cool J battle rap. In order to go far in the NCAA’s, you must have a singular talent that’s capable of producing transcendent performances on a consistent basis. With his bizzaro 25 point first half, and overall 32 points and 13 rebounds, he showed why many NBA General Managers are considering him the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Had you been paying attention to Williams’ multidimensional Machine Gun Funk since last season, you would have known that Arizona had much more than a puncher’s chance of walking out of the Sweet 16, against the defending national champs, with the victory.
(If you’re new to this, click on the instrumental first and then let the highlights fill in the track. Rewind and let the beat start again until Williams is done mesmerizing you.)
Along with Uconn’s Kemba Walker, aka EZ Pass aka The Prince of Zamunda, Williams showed last night just how much one otherworldly talent can make a difference in college hoops.
I don’t know about you, but I’m salivating to see what other players will put their personal stamp on the remainder of this year’s tourney. And to Williams and Walker, and this is simply for my own selfish reasons, ummmm, can we get an encore?