Glendale senior Ryan Wester was one of four non-Tournament of Champions invitees for the inaugural Great Southern Bank Dunk Contest at JQH Arena.
He, along with Bradley Hardin of Central, Brady Petry of Hillcrest and Connor Ennis of Nixa agreed to help fill the field of dunk contest participants when coaches in the Tournament of Champions stopped some of their marquee players from participating on the same night they were expected to play consolation or championship games.
It was obvious that Wester relished the chance to step on the court with some of the players he’d been watching from the stands the days before. He had a smile on his face and made sure to take plenty of pictures to capture the moment.
In the dunk contest, Wester could have thrown down a simple two-handed dunk to record a score, but he went for broke with windmills and an attempt to jump over another person. He was trying to make the impossible possible and came up short, earning a score of 0.
We made a video.
And a photo gallery:
Malik Monk of Bentonville High School throws down a huge dunk during the first Tournament of Champions dunk contest at JQH Arena on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
We made both to commemorate the dunk contest, but you won’t see Wester. He got in touch with me on Twitter.
“No love?!??” Wester tweeted, tongue in cheek.
I decided to tweet back, equally tongue in cheek.
@WesFromTheEast I got you on video. Will tweet you after editing. Yeoman’s effort on your part, kind sir,” I tweeted.
“no im kidding I have to make one to be on the highlights!” Wester responded.
Long after the dunk contest concluded, I found myself back in the office editing the video linked above. It was 1 a.m. Sunday when
I finished. And then I had an odd thought.
“What if I actually made a video of Ryan Wester’s dunk contest highlights?”
Fifteen minutes later, a video entitled “Ryan Wester dominates dunk contest” was born. I uploaded it to YouTube and tweeted it to Ryan.