Ninety Six High School's Ryan Booker converts the winning slam dunk in December's Index-Journal Emerald City Classic Slam Dunk Contest.
(Shawn M. Knox | Special to the Index-Journal)
Ninety Six High School's Ryan Booker converts the winning slam dunk in December's Index-Journal Emerald City Classic Slam Dunk Contest. (Shawn M. Knox | Special to the Index-Journal)
Ryan Booker has been able to dunk since he was in the eighth grade, so when it was announced last month's Index-Journal Emerald City Classic was going to feature a dunk contest, it was a no-brainer that he enter.
But when it came time to decide what kind of dunk the Ninety Six High School forward was going to do in front of the crowd at Emerald High School, it was someone else's brain — and head — that was the key.


After more than a week of voting at indexjournal.com, Booker's dunk was voted the best and he was named the winner Thursday of the Index-Journal Emerald City Classic Slam Dunk Contest.
"It's pretty cool (to win)," he said. "Everybody was pretty pumped up at school, (saying), 'I voted for you.' I'm just glad I was able to represent my school like that and everything."
According to Booker, the idea for what became the winning dunk came during practice, when some teammates started pestering Booker about what he was going to do for the contest.

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