The Carlos Emory dunk show continued in Oregon’s 81-76 victory over Washington on Saturday. In his brief season and a half for the Ducks, Emory has flashed more earth shattering dunks than any basketball player wearing the green and yellow in recent memory. Appearing in several ESPN Sportscenter Top-10 highlights last year, Emory had two thundering slams in the win over the rival Huskies.
The first came in the first period when Johnathan Loyd fed Sir Carlos an alley-oop from behind mid-court. As Tony Woods made an attempt at the ball unaware that any other Duck was around, Emory swooped in at full speed, caught the ball and threw down the jam. His second dunk was a fast break opportunity that saw Carlos speeding in from the far side of the camera, cocking back his right arm for another highlight reel slam. Emory…has…ups…
Under-utilized last season due to a well-meshed starting five, Emory is once again coming off the bench in the sixth-man role. In an Oregon offense that thrives on moving the ball to the open shooter or the mismatch, he is making the most of his opportunities, shooting forty-seven percent from the field and thirty-four percent from beyond the arc. But his dunks – like Saturday night against the Huskies - show what an incredible athlete Oregon has in its arsenal. While starting is not much of an option due to an experienced and successful front five, Emory’s talents need to be utilized throughout the rest of the season as Oregon makes a run toward March Madness. He is the only player on the team who can shoot from outside while also possessing the size and speed to drive to the hole with authority and make opposing teams tremble.
The 6’5″ 205 pound senior forward from Bloomington, Minnesota is averaging 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season for the Ducks.