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Amir Garrett wins BallisLife dunk contest, MVP award at All Star Game

St. John's recruit Amir Garrett: former baseball player (pitcher); defensively minded forward; owner of a fly haircut:


Not the best quality - taken from the TV while watching the ESPN Rise game - but you see the hair has style. Garrett, in the immortal words of the Beastie Boys, got his hair cut correct like Anthony Mason (or Ron Artest). He's ready for New York.

A talented small forward in Steve Lavin's incoming recruiting class for St. John's, Amir showed out in his stint at the inaugural Ball is Life All-American game. Garrett now owns a couple of pieces of hardware - the MVP for the losing Navy team after pumping in 22 points, 9 rebounds, and apparently one sick block. His stat line: 10/17 field goals, 1/4 ft, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 foul, 22 points, per Rivals ($ for access).

Amir Garrett can also really get up there, and he won the Ball is Life dunk contest with an assist from Arizona commit, and high-flying Findlay Prep teammate, Nick Johnson. This video has been posted in a couple of places... but you need to see this dunk.

Sheer unadulterated nastiness... but it's wide, so you'll have to peep the winning dunk below the fold.


Hat tip to Slam Magazine and to Ball is Life on YouTube (the other version wouldn't embed).

Descriptions, from Rivals:

Garrett stole the show in the finals with the help of his Findlay Prep teammate Johnson, as he caught the ball off the backboard and did a 180 in the air and jammed it with his left hand for a perfect score of 50. That score along with his 2nd dunk score of 48 clinched him the slam dunk contest championship. Carson's first dunk of 48 was from a pass from Brown sitting on a chair in the key as he caught and wind milled it. But it was not enough after he followed it with a somewhat routine toss ahead and catch and 2 handed dunk for his second dunk.

You know that the name "Amir" means Prince or Commander? Well if you didn't know, now you know. He's gonna be a good one in Steve Lavin's recruiting class.