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It’s the golden egg of the basketball court, easily achievable by the towering giants of the NBA but an unachievable feat for many, or so they would think. Spud Webb stands at 5′ 7″, a full foot shorter than the NBA average and he is a regular dunker. However before he found fame, Webb overcame many challenges early in his basketball career. He was often discriminated against for his small stature, but when allowed to try out for his high school team, proved such an impressive player he was offered a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. In his first training session, Webb scored a two handed slam-dunk at the diminutive height of 4′ 11″. With his arms stretched out he had a reach of nearly seven foot but this still required a vertical lift of over three feet, more than half his own height. He eventually went on to win the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk competition, in a sport where many players can easily dunk standing on the ground.