The Arizona State Sun Devils were pummeled by the No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. But before head coach Bobby Hurley’s post-game dismantling of his group’s poor performance, the Sun Devils came into the fight swinging.
In the case of senior forward Obinna Oleka, he came out jumping and dunking on top of everybody, too.
Down 2-0, ASU guard Shannon Evans II raced down the court, then lofted a pass from the top of the perimeter for an alley-oop intended for Oleka.
Oleka soared up, grasping the ball with his right hand high above the rim before emphatically throwing it down, catching Purdue’s PJ Thompson in his poster for what’s being considered by many to be the dunk of the year.
The college basketball world reacted accordingly.
Obinna Oleka with no regard for human life. https://t.co/piFGbf1faI— Connor Pelton (@ConnorPelton28) December 7, 2016
First media timeout and Purdue is up 7-4. Purdue has 4 turnovers and PJ Thompson was tragically killed by Obinna Oleka.— #Droppin'BrohmsOnB1G (@HammerAndRails) December 7, 2016
That Oleka alley-oop. Dear lord.— Troy Tauscher (@tt_sports) December 7, 2016
ASU's Obinna Oleka got WAY up for this oop, like eyes at the rim up https://t.co/xZEofm6D7G— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 7, 2016
Oh my goodness Obi Oleka— Ryan Clarke (@RyanTClarke) December 7, 2016
Oleka's dunk was an alley-hoop @JayBilas called one of the best dunks of the year. Oleka got some serious elevation there.— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) December 7, 2016
HUGE SLAM Evans to Oleka! Game tied 2-2.— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) December 7, 2016
@HouseOfSparky I thought that dunk was worth 40 points— Building the Dam (@BuildingTheDam) December 7, 2016
RIP PJ Thompson, and welcome to the national spotlight, headband-wearing Obi Oleka.