Elton Dyer’s high flying jump over opponent turns heads on Internet

12.13.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – If you recognized a familiar face on ESPN recently, then most likely it was Elton Dyer of San Jacinto College basically jumping over a Tohono O'odham Community College player to make his shot that eventually led to his team’s win.

That jump landed him the No. 4 spot on ESPN’s Dunk of the Week, but this achievement alone doesn’t define Dyer. The college sophomore from South Houston wants to transfer to a university, study kinesiology, and become a coach to mentor and give back to others like those before him.

“I want to help kids,” said Dyer. “I’ve had many great coaches in my life, and they’ve inspired me.”

Dyer attended South Houston High School, where he was a three-sport star who landed first team all-district honors as a wide receiver in football, a guard on the basketball team and an all-state high jumper in track. He attended the University of Houston and redshirted on the football team while jumping five events for the track team but he felt the calling to pursue basketball. This is when Dyer transferred to San Jacinto College to pick up the sport he left after high school.

“Elton brings great energy and activity on the defensive end,” said San Jacinto College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scott Gernander. “He’s been known for his ability to get teams and fans out of their seats with some spectacular dunks that he makes look effortless.”

Dyer said his family, including his mother who played basketball for Southern University, inspired him to play the sport; and about that now buzzed about dunk, Dyer admits those plays take quite a bit of practice and are rarely planned.

“I’ve never done that before, and to be honest, it happened so fast,” said Dyer. “I didn’t have time to think about it and just went for it. The one thing I was thinking about was how not to fall. I have to say I was blessed with how high I can jump. I stayed in the weight room over the summer to work on my endurance and energy on the court.”

Check out Dyer’s Dunk of the Week. The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team is currently undefeated with a 12-0 overall record and 3-0 conference record.

San Jac’s next game is a home game scheduled for Monday, Jan. 2, against North American University.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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