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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The University of Louisville's 1980 Doctors of Dunk team is remembered for so many reasons but would you believe inventing the high five is among the accomplishments? That's the story that player turned coach, Wiley Brown, is sticking to.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the high five as: a slapping of upraised right hands by two people (as in celebration).
IU Southeast Basketball Coach Wiley Brown says he and Derek Smith started the phenomenon.
"We were in practice and Derek came up to me and said give me five and I just stick my hand out…One of us just said no, raise it up raise it up high" he says.
With the Cardinal's capturing the national spotlight and going all the way in the NCAA tournament that year, Brown says the high five caught on.
"We were called the Doctors of Dunk and anytime you got a dunk or exciting play you always throw up the high five," says Brown.
Brown actually prefers to high five with his left hand because on his right hand his thumb was amputated as a child.
"I say go Google me, when that happens the high five comes up," he says.
There are a number of legends about the high five. LA Dodgers Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke also claim they first high fived at a game in the 1970's.