March 27, 2013
Chicago, Ill. - Long Beach State's James Ennis will participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 7 p.m. ET April 4 at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Intersport announced today via Twitter. The 25th annual event, which will showcase the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of 24 of the nation's top college basketball players, will be broadcast live on ESPN. The broadcast team includes Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder.
Individual events include: Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship, State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship, Pepsi MAX Battle of the Champions and Denny's Slam Dunk Championship.
Ennis will compete in the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship. The Big West Conference Player of the Year, 6-foot-7-inch Ennis averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 boards per game. He has garnered a myriad of accolades this season, including the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2012-13 Division I All-District team, Big West First-Team All-Conference, Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District IX.
Long Beach State Athletics utilized social media this season to get the word out about Ennis' spectacular dunks, using the hashtag #letennisdunk after each of his highlight reel jams, helping spread the word that Ennis. Athletics also would sent out clips of some of his best dunks via social media to showcase his skills. Ennis follows in the recent footsteps of Louis Darby, who competed at the dunk contest in 2007. Last year, Casper Ware participated in the three-point contest.
Below are clips of some of Ennis' best dunks.
One player already named to the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship roster is High Point's senior forward Corey Law, who won the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker competition. The State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Facebook bracket was a five-week knockout competition that began with 16 under-the-radar dunkers who had what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta. Fans determined the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CollegeSlam).
Fan involvement continues as voting via Twitter will serve as the "Fifth Judge" in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition. Fans can vote on every dunk by simply tweeting #CollegeSlam, followed by the player's last name and a score between one and 10 (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Smith10). From there, an average rating will be calculated and that rating will be paired with the four celebrity judges' scores to make up each player's total score.
The four celebrity judges for the 2013 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are:
Alumni of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships include Gary Payton (Oregon State), Steve Nash (UC-Santa Clara), Allan Houston (Tennessee), Bobby Hurley (Duke), Michael Finley (Wisconsin), Wes Matthews (Marquette), and Mario West (Georgia Tech). Also, six current members of the Harlem Globetrotters are alumni of this event: Kris Bruton, William Bullard, Herb Lang, Bryan Narcisse, Darnell Wilks and John Williams.
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