Seth Trimble closed his eyes.
He leapt for the basket, shut his eyes, slammed his hands down and the Dean E. Smith Center roared.
He came, he didn’t see and he dunked.
“Oh my god,” Trimble’s roommate, sophomore Jalen Washington, said with wide eyes about Trimble’s first college poster.
Meanwhile, junior transfer Harrison Ingram could see the highlight forming before it even happened.
“I knew right when he caught that ball, I was like ‘Oh shh, oh lord,” Ingram said. “It's about to be bad. When he went up I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s over.’”
Trimble’s 11-point performance — which included the debut of his reworked jump shot — in the Tar Heels' 77-52 win over UC Riverside on Friday is indicative of the young guard’s upward trend so far this season. After logging 9.7 minutes and 1.8 points per game last year, Trimble has averaged 15 minutes through three games this season and contributed stout defense off the bench.
The fastbreak dunk, in particular, showcased a springy athleticism the former 4-star recruit out of Wisconsin was lauded for.
“If I could jump like him, I would just dunk everything,” head coach Hubert Davis said. "It's nice to see him be really aggressive on the offensive end.”