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NCCU's 'Exception' Wants to Be Slam Dunk Champ

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DURHAM — OK. First get the sterotypes out of the way.Wesley Snipes may have told Woody Harrelson that white men can't jump, butNCCU student Wes Collins says he's the exception to the rule.

Of all the students at N.C. Central, Collins can dunk better thanany of them. But it's not like the guy just showed up. He learned how todunk from Jerry Stackhouse in Kinston. He played ball at Furman.

So Collins knew what to do when his turn came to compete for the chance torepresent NCCU in this weekend's CIAA Slam Dunk Championship.

"I got behind the basket, threw it up over the goal. It bounced justperfectly. My adrenaline was flowing and I just grabbed it and killed it-- dunked it hard," Collins said.

"For my second dunk, I got the cheerleaders out on the floor and made alittle line up to the goal like a tunnel. I threw it from halfcourt and itwas another good toss, luckily, and the adrenaline was flowing again. Iran through the cheerleaders and dunked it again.

Collins will take on the dunk champions from other CIAA schools thisweekend during the league tournament in Winston-Salem. So what's hethinking about this week?