“Once I got it down on the first try, it really just smoothed me out, and I didn’t feel nervous after that.”
Inman received a perfect 50 for that dunk, which he got on the first try. He did so again with his second preliminary-round dunk, in which he again started behind the arch but closer to the right sideline, bounced the ball, jumped, caught it with his left, transferred it between his legs to his right, then slammed it as his momentum carried him underneath the basket.
Inman said he’d been talking with a friend in California until about 3 a.m. the previous night because Inman was too nervous to sleep, and the friend recommended that second dunk.
Those two dunks got Inman into the finals, where he faced Mitchell Wiggins, Jr., from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. Inman’s first dunk in the finals didn’t feature a bounce, as he jumped with the ball in his left hand, rotated it counter-clockwise behind his back, transferred it to his right hand and slammed it on the first try.
“That was the third or fourth time I’ve ever gotten that one,” Inman said.
“I kind of went with it because I had adrenaline and I felt the crowd and stuff like that. It really pumped me up to try it.”
Inman said Wiggins had exhausted himself by the second dunk in the finals, so “I didn’t really have pressure on me at that point.” But that didn’t stop Inman from finishing the contest with his most exciting dunk of the night.
Starting at the 3-point line on the opposite end of the court, Inman lobbed the ball high into the air, then took off after it. He jumped at the foul line, grabbed the ball with his right hand fully outstretched, then controlled it long enough for his momentum to carry him to the basket so he could finish the one-handed slam.