College basketball produces some of the most memorable moments each year, especially during Midnight Madness.
Enter Harvard basketball’s Agunwa Okolie and Zena Edosomwan.
The two high-flyers put on a show during Friday nights dunk contest and here is what we learned – Edosomwan has a knack for jumping over his teammates.
If dunking over your teammates is your go-to move in dunk contests, you’re gonna be tough to beat.
So on Friday night when Edosomwan donned a Michael Jordan jersey during the dunk contest, he didn’t disappoint – successfully stealing the dunk crown from Okolie.
Zena Edosomwan dethroned two-time defending dunk contest champion, Agunwa Okolie, in the final round to claim the 110-107 victory. Okolie took the lead with a perfect 40 in the final round, slamming home a 360 windmill. However, Edosomwon channeled his inner Michael Jordan, matching Okolie with a perfect 40 of his own by leaping over four fans to slam home the winning dunk.
The three-point contest was also exciting; featuring Corbin Miller, Weisner Perez, Tommy McCarthy, Corey Johnson, and Zach Yoshor.
This contest went to Zach Yoshor, who knocked down 12-of-18 shots from behind-the-arc with Corey Johnson coming in second place.
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With only one of last year’s top six scorers in uniform on Friday night, it was abundantly clear that Harvard basketball has their share of work cut out for them this season.
The team is really young this year, with six freshmen, three seniors (one of which, Patrick Steeves, is still injured), and without their star point guard Siyani Chambers.
For now, Tommy McCarthy and junior Matt Fraschilla will carry the torch.
Despite having a young group, Harvard basketball fans still have a reason to be optimistic – Crimson basketball has a bright future.
The Ivy League contender is on its way to locking up one of the best basketball recruiting classes in the country with the recent commitment of Bryce Aiken, a four-star recruit who chose Harvard over bigger programs in October.
Aiken is the third four-star recruit to choose Harvard, joining Chris Lewis and Robert Baker Jr.
The Crimson can also expect big things from Edosomwan this year as he transitions to a more prominent role in Harvard’s offense.
After shooting 65% from the floor on Friday night, he appears ready for a breakout junior season.
Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavillion on November 7th versus McGill in an exhibition at 3:30 p.m.