Los Angeles, CA— Agua Caliente Clippers guard Ike Iroegbu took part in the G League International Challenge on Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Convention Center, part of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend. At 6-foot-2, Iroegbu is known for putting on a show pre-game in the Clippers dunk line, dazzling fans with high-flying slams.
The league had contestants compete in the first round alphabetically by team name, meaning Iroegbu had the first attempt of the afternoon. Iroegbu’s friend, Michael Bryson of the Iowa Wolves, sat in a chair under the basket and tossed Iroegbu an alley-oop as he flew over him for a one-handed finish. Despite completing the dunk on his first attempt, the judges awarded him a 41.
With three competitors ranked ahead of him, Iroegbu was up second for his second attempt. He had Bryson, who also competed, stand on the baseline and throw the ball off the side of the backboard for an alley-oop. He missed his first two attempts, and with time running down, headed to the top of the key. A windmill dunk from the right side got him a 37 from the judges for a total score of 78. Although he didn’t advance to the second round, Iroegbu enjoyed the afternoon.
“The Clippers have given me a lot of opportunities this whole year, from being on our G League team to playing with LA in the pre-season and I’m really appreciative of everything they’ve done,” Iroegbu said. “It was a lot of fun out here today. I wish I would have moved on to the next round, but it is what it is and I’m glad I got the opportunity.”
Iroegbu and the Clippers play at home on February 22, taking on the South Bay Lakers in a 7 p.m. tip (PST). Agua Caliente heads into the contest with a 2-0 record against the Lakers, who are currently ranked second in the Western Division.
More on the G League Dunk Contest: Bryson (Iowa Wolves) and Dequan Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) advanced into the final round of the dunk contest, where Jones won with a score of 86. Other participants were Aaron Best (Raptors 905) and Ike Nwamu (Sioux Falls Skyforce). Iroegbu was the shortest competitor at 6-foot-2.