Is Dez Wells on the Mount Rushmore of Maryland dunkers?

Senior Dez Wells scored 26 points to lead No. 14 Maryland over No. 5 Wisconsin, 59-53. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

In recognition of 70 years of dunking in college basketball, Maryland's athletic website put up a poll earlier this month asking fans to vote on the best dunk in Terps history. (It includes a highlight video that's well worth watching.)

I'm not sure if it's too late to add a candidate, but Dez Wells' baseline slam Tuesday night against Wisconsin probably belongs on that list.


Let's be clear, Tuesday's jam doesn't top Wells' poster dunk against Penn State, which is included in the voting on Maryland's poll. But it belongs in the same category as the others, especially if you take into account when it came and that it helped fuel one of the Terps' biggest wins of the Mark Turgeon era.

Regardless of which team you root for, if you're a hoops junkie, it was the type of dunk that gets you off the couch and forces you to make a grunting noise that your probably couldn't otherwise replicate. (Or maybe that's just me.)

I'm no Dr. J, so I won't attempt to break down which of those dunks is the best in Maryland history. But if we were to create the the Mount Rushmore of Terps dunkers – there's got to be room for it behind one of those highfalutin new apartment buildings in College Park – doesn't Dez Wells belong on there?

Our Rushmore has to include Steve Francis, who had two dunks nominated on Maryland's list, and Len Bias. If we include Wells, who gets the fourth spot?

Chris Wilcox?

Keith Booth?

Joe Smith?

Someone else?

Alex Len won't be remembered as an all-time great dunker, but his reverse slam over Duke's Mason Plumlee could be the best individual dunk of the bunch.

It's food for thought in the few days before Maryland's home finale Saturday against Michigan. Discuss amongst yourselves while I go pull out the old Nerf hoop to try some of these myself.

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