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Hamidou Diallo wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Diallo is already establishing himself as one of the best dunkers in the NBA.

2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It was a day of winning for the University of Kentucky Athletics program.

The softball and baseball teams got road wins, and the basketball team dominated the No. 1 team in the country at Rupp Arena.

However, it wasn’t just current Kentucky Wildcats athletes getting big-time wins.

Former Kentucky basketball guard and now Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo won the 2019 NBA slam dunk contest Saturday night defeating Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr, Hornets forward Miles Bridges and Hawks forward John Collins.

Diallo put together a show for the Charlotte crowd that included a dunk over all-time great and seven-footer Shaquille O’Neal.

Diallo joins Kenny Walker (1989) as the only two players from Kentucky to win the dunk contest.

As a rookie, Diallo has averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while playing 11.4 minutes for the playoff-bound Thunder. While many argued he needed another year of college, it’s clear now he made the right call to go pro.

Diallo’s slam dunk contest victory capped what was a perfect day to be a Wildcat.

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