Fresh off a short trip to Minneapolis, University of Tulsa senior DaQuan Jeffries met with reporters Friday afternoon while holding his latest hardware, a flashy wrestling-style championship belt.
Jeffries, the Hurricane’s leading scorer this season, showed the nation his elite athleticism Thursday night, delivering a series of jaw-dropping dunks to win the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship.
“I’m a humble guy, so I won’t let it get me a big head or anything,” he said. “But it’s a pretty amazing feeling.”
For his first dunk, Jeffries drew inspiration from Vince Carter’s performance in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, taking flight for a 360-degree windmill while wearing a pair of glasses from one of the event sponsors.
After two more impressive slams in the next rounds, Jeffries sealed his victory with his final dunk of the night and his most difficult, completing a windmill from a pass off the side of the backboard to secure 10s from the judges, including NBA star Derrick Rose.
“I really had to think about those last two because the guys going before me did some pretty good dunks, so I had to go in my bag a little bit and pick a hard dunk,” he said.
Jeffries, who promised his championship belt to his 18-year-old brother, is undefeated in dunk contests, having won all four in which he has participated. This one was on a much bigger stage, televised on ESPN and in front of a crowd of 8,597.
“I never had done anything like a dunk contest in front of that many people,” he said. “After that, my social media was blowing up.”