Saturday is Wichita State senior guard Tekele Cotton’s last game at Koch Arena.
In the last two years, Cotton, the reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Year, has become one of the nation’s most ferocious dunkers.
Here’s a look at five of Cotton’s most memorable dunks as a Shocker — and no surprise here, but they all came in wins:
The One That Changed Things (3-21-13)
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“Did somebody leave a trampoline on the floor?”
The only dunk from Cotton’s first two years that made the list came in a 73-55 second-round win over Pittsburgh in the NCAA Tournament. It wasn’t so much how he did it — it’s a two-handed flush — but when he did it. The steal and dunk put the Shockers up by 10 midway through the second half in the first win on the run to the Final Four.
The One From Fred (1-14-15)
This dunk is special for a couple of reasons — it comes on an inbounds, below-the-basket alley-oop from Fred VanVleet that’s particularly hard to execute, and it came earlier in this season, when Illinois State was still considered a potential dark horse in the MVC race. Just watch that elevation. And watch that reaction from WSU forward Evan Wessel.
The One in South Dakota (11-18-14)
The Shockers went to Sioux Falls, S.D., to take on Memphis in the second game of this season and Cotton delivered the game’s statement play with a dunk over 6-foot-9 Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin — a fellow Georgia native.
The One From Ron (1-25-14)
This one, at Drake last season, is great because of how he makes something so difficult look so graceful. It’s hard to grab an alley-oop, in transition, with one hand. It’s made even harder when your body is carrying you one way and your head is about to smack into the bottom of the backboard. Cotton makes it look easy.
The One You Couldn’t Believe (1-22-14)
If there’s a Cotton dunk that people will still be talking about 20 years from now, this is it. I’ve watched this one probably 100 times. I’ve seen it set to music. I’ve seen it in slo-mo.
This is Cotton’s greatest slam. For now, at least.