LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Donovan Mitchell was waiting for this moment. The Cards guard delivered a rim-rattling, gravity-defying follow slam in UofL's 84-65 win over Florida State on Wednesday night.
"I noticed that Bookert, he kind of like looked at me, and then he like ran away to box somebody else out and I'm like, in my head I was like, I had this whole lane all to myself, and I was like man, you messed up," Mitchell said. "Then my friend, Malik, he had the ball in his hand and I just took it out of it and I dunked it." Mitchell is referring to Florida State's Devon Bookert and Malik Beasley.
The dunk, with 6:22 left in the first half, came after a Damion Lee three-point attempt bounced high off the rim. Mitchell, who is listed at 6'3", says that his vertical has been measured between 39 and 40 inches. He has had some big slams before, most notably an alley-oop from David Levitch against Kennesaw State and a steal and breakaway in that same game.
This one electrified a crowd of just over 21,000, enough to impress his Hall of Fame head coach.
"It was pretty special that one, all the sudden, he came out of nowhere and now I've seen him do it before, but that was a pretty darn good one," Pitino said.
Cards guard Trey Lewis was even more outspoken in his praise. "That was nasty, got everybody going, the crowd, that was the hypest I've seen the crowd, I think, you know all season, so you know, like I said, I'd be surprised if that dunk is not #1 on SportsCenter," he said.
The dunk was #3 on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 on Thursday morning.
See it again on "Inside the Cards with Rick Pitino" on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on WAVE 3 News. The #17 Cards (15-3, 4-1 ACC) visit Georgia Tech (11-7, 1-4) on Saturday at 4 p.m.