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USF Signee Baxter Wins High School Dunk Contest


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USF Signee Baxter Wins High School Dunk Contest

 

TAMPA, APRIL 2, 2016  USF signee Troy Baxter of Oldsmar Christian won the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Contest Friday.

The contest was held in Pearland, Texas, just 15 miles south of Houston, the location of this weekend’s Final Four. CBS will air the slam & 3-point championship at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Baxter, a 6 foot, 8 inch forward, is ranked No. 90 nationally in the ESPN 100 and No. 110 by 247Sports.com. He regularly plays above the rim, evidence of which can be found throughout YouTube. After his big win on Friday, Baxter told USA Today his strategy for victory.

“Just coming in and doing dunks that I knew how to do and that I have been doing for the longest and not trying new dunks,” said Baxter, who beat out seven other high school players.

Baxter impressed a panel of celebrity judges including former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and national player of the year Denzel Valentine from Michigan State. His winning jam earned a perfect score of 40.

“I threw it up and windmilled it, and it really was an easy dunk,” Baxter said. “That’s one of my easiest dunks. I’ve been doing that dunk for a long time, since middle school. So it’s nothing to me. It’s second nature.”

Baxter, from Tallahasse, is a part of a three-person incoming freshman class that includes Malik Fitts (La Verne, Calif.) and Andreas Feliz (Dominican Republic).

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And I turned it off not knowing we had a kid in it.

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1 hour ago, Bourbon Bull said:

And I turned it off not knowing we had a kid in it.

Says Sunday? Hopefully so, I'd like to see it.

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We don't need dunkers!! We need winners!! - Jim Calhoun voice 

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8 minutes ago, Bull Daly said:

We don't need dunkers!! We need winners!! - Jim Calhoun voice 

Well...he WON the dunk contest so hopefully Jim would approve.

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Javontae Hawkins

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

Javontae Hawkins

If I recall Hawkins did not make one dunk in his contest. 

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2 hours ago, Brad said:

Javontae Hawkins

17, 5 and 2 for EKU last season shooting 50%. I'd take another Javontae in a heartbeat. Add him to the list of former USF guys flourishing elsewhere. Think he had dome injury issues while he was here.

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2 hours ago, usfgrad84 said:

If I recall Hawkins did not make one dunk in his contest. 

He won it, as I recall. 

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Great. If college basketball changes the rules where extra points are given for pretty dunks we will be all set. 

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