Jacob Tucker

Tucker, a 5-foot-11 guard and graduate of Illinois College, became the first non-Division 1 player to win the Denny’s College Slam Dunk Contest (2011). With an estimated 50-inch vertical, Tucker earned his way into the contest by posting highlights of his dunking ability on YouTube. After winning the vote and gaining entry into the contest, Tucker was tagged the “dark horse” by celebrity judge and NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone. Tucker reigned victorious after dunking the ball over and out of the hand of teammate Nathan Kohler and landing two perfect scores on previous dunks. This Carlyle native averaged 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while slamming down 30 game dunks during his senior year.

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