Arizona dunk champ uses cheerleader flip

Arizona guard Brendon Lavender averaged 3.2 points per game last season in mostly a reserve role, but got his day in the sun before the annual Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday by showing off his cheerleading skills to win the team's dunk contest.

PointGuardU.com has video of Lavender doing a cartwheel and backflip with no hands alongside two cheerleaders doing the same before the 6-foot-5 junior threw down a dunk to win the title.

"I wanted to do something that would get the crowd on my side, and I think it worked," Lavender said. "The last time I did a backflip was two or three years ago on a trampoline. I think afterwards Coach [Sean] Miller was more shocked than anything."

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Miller approved of the dunk even though he had warned the players about trying anything career-threatening.

"He has a split personality, Lav," UA coach Sean Miller said. "He goes weeks upon end not talking, and he becomes a different person there in that dunk contest.

"When you have that many people in the building for Red-Blue, they deserve a little entertainment.

"I'm glad he did it. I'm waiting for him to dunk a ball in the game now."