The move earned him his fourth perfect 50 of the night. Video from the event shows It also brought the NAIA all-stars watching on the bench out of their seats with excitement.
“I kind of had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen,” SCU coach Quinn Wooldridge said. Wooldridge, who was also on the NAIA Tournament committee and saw the dunk contest live, added, “He was the far and away favorite of who was going to win. ... He is like a professional dunker. That’s kind of his thing.”
Inman is a senior at SCU, having transferred there from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva before his junior year. The Eagles went 6-22 for the 2013-14 season, with Inman averaging 12.11 points, and 6.11 rebounds.
Inman said he’s majoring in sports management and wants to become a physical therapist.
A 2009 graduate of Savanna High School, Inman is the son of current Lady Bulldogs basketball coach Diane Inman. He is engaged to Jaci Bigham, a former McAlester and Oral Roberts University basketball player.
To get a sense of how Tyler Inman’s slam dunk contest compares to others, consider this: two YouTube highlight videos from that 1988 NBA contest between Jordan and Wilkins have gotten about 400,000 hits each, and the 2006 NCAA contest in which White took second has gotten about 750,000 hits.
As of Thursday afternoon — just five days after winning the NAIA contest — Inman’s dunks have already gotten more than 330,000 hits.
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