Hungry Jack's NBL
New Zealand Breakers power forward Akil Mitchell introduced himself to the NBL in a most emphatic way with a win in the slam dunk competition at the Australian Basketball Challenge in Brisbane. Mitchell came into the competition as one of the great unknowns being the tallest competitor and the lone post player in the field but he left no doubt of his dunking powers in his first attempt throwing a high bounce, taking the ball between his legs in the air then dunking with his right hand. The smoothness of the slam won over judges Cal Bruton, CJ Bruton, Sam Mackinnon and Ken Cole who gave it the highest score possible and that dunk set the stage for his win. Mitchell backed up his opener by calling Breakers point guard Ben Woodside to assist on dunk two. Mitchell ran from behind the baseline, caught Woodside's pass off the back of the backboard taking the ball to in front of the basket and finishing with a two-handed reverse dunk. Again he earned all 10s Then on his final dunk he again went with the high bounce leaping from one side of the hoop to the other and slamming with a two-handed reverse. It didn't get full votes but it was enough to take the title. Terrance Ferguson (Adelaide 36ers) Adelaide 36ers rookie Terrance Ferguson is touted as a potential NBA Draft pick next year and he lived up to the hype winning the crowd over with his high flying antics. Ferguson opened his contest by calling in Sixers star Jerome Randle to throw a lob off the corner of the backboard and it paid off with Ferguson leaping off one foot, grabbing the deflected pass and finishing powerfully with windmill slam. Ferguson brought the house down with his second dunk. Running the length of the court Ferguson took off from the foul line for a one-hand cup dunk with the 10-cards on show again. Sadly for Ferguson his last dunk missed the mark leaving Mitchell the winner. Michael Bryson (Sydney Kings) The Kings star brought a high degree of difficulty to his first dunk wrapping the ball behind his back from right hand to left before dunking one handed - the dunk impressed the crowd but drew a lower score than Mitchell and Ferguson. His second dunk was 360 degree slam taking the ball from his right hand to left. Jaron Johnson (Perth Wildcats) As a recent NBA D-League star Johnson has already shown plenty of athleticism during the ABC and he showed those skills going hard on the baseline then leaping into a windmill that went the full 360 degrees but didn’t draw big votes. His second dunk saw him putting the ball between his legs and dunking one handed. Mitch McCarron (Cairns Taipans) The new Taipans signing has been an impressive sight in preseason and his 360 degree one hand dunk was as technically sound as any dunk on the night.