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Jeff Nations

MMA grad named 'Best of the Best'

Hampton University senior guard and former Massanutten Military Academy standout Darrion Pellum has been getting serious air time on ESPN since his self-assisted alley oop in Wednesday's game against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Pellum, who first came up with a steal and raced downcourt, was cut off by a defender as he neared the lane. The 6-foot-6 guard threw the ball off the backboard in transition before catching it and dunking of Maryland-Eastern Shore's Mark Robertson.

That play garnered 53 percent of the vote among SportsCenter viewers to beat out New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin's game-winning 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors.

The dunk, which can be viewed here,will be up for a vote again for "Best of the Best" next week on SportsCenter.

Pellum, from Hampton,leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in scoring this season with 18.4 points per game. He scored 33 against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday for his third 30-point game of the season.

The Pirates (9-16, 5-7 MEAC) are on the road at Delaware Saturday as part of ESPN's BracketBusters series.

At MMA, Pellum was a two-time prep school All-American (as a junior and senior), averaging 23 points, six rebounds and two steals per game as a junior. He averaged 22 points, six rebounds and two steals as a senior for the Colonels before graduating in 2008.

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