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Davis Prepares for the Slam Dunk Championship
Release: Sunday 03/28/2017 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Wright State forward Steven Davis has been working hard in the gym since finding out on March 20 he was chosen for the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championship on March 30. 

He will leave Wednesday morning for Phoenix, Arizona, where he will compete with seven others for the slam dunk crown, sponsored by Intersport.  The contest will be Thursday night at 10 pm live on ESPN.  It can also be seen through the Watch ESPN app.

Part of his training is figuring out what dunks he will perform and trying to get the dunks into the allotted time.  Specific rules for the three-round competition are listed below.

Davis recently finished his senior season, averaging 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds as well as twice being featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Top Ten for his electric dunks.  Wright State finished the season with 20 wins under first-year head coach Scott Nagy.

A complete list of participants: Vitto Brown, Wisconsin; Rodney Pryor, Georgetown; Garland Owens, Boston College; AJ Merriweather, East Tennessee; Tyler Flack, South Dakota; Paul Watson, Fresno State; and Antonio Cleveland, Southeast MIssouri State.

Over the last 28 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, including: Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Denzel Valentine, Damon Stoudamire, Allan Houston, Wes Matthews, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, and Kristi Toliver.

Tickets for the 2017 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are on sale now and can be purchased at CollegeSlam.com. General admission tickets are $15.

For more information on the 2017 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, visit CollegeSlam.com, follow on Twitter (@CollegeSLAM) and like on Facebook.

Fan voting will be the fifth judge by following the directions in the graphic below.

 

 

 

 

 

General Rules

  • There are three rounds of competition.  The players with the four highest total scores in the first round advance to the semi-finals.  The players with the two highest scores in the semis will advance to the finals.  Props will be permitted with prior approval from the officials.

First Round

  • Each player will attempt one dunk.  A random draw at the start of the round will determine the dunking order.
  • Each judge will assign a score of 1 to 10 for each dunk (.5’s are allowed).  Those numbers are added together for a player’s score on that dunk.  The judges will take into consideration athletic ability, degree of difficulty, creativity and style.
  • In addition to the four human judges, fans will serve as the 5th judge on Twitter. Fans can submit a score from 1 to 10 after each dunk by tweeting #CollegeSlam followed by #LastNameRating (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Jordan10). An average of those fan scores (to one decimal point) will be added to the other judges’ numbers for a final score.
  • Each player will have 45 seconds to execute a dunk.  If a player does not perform his dunk in the allowed time, he will still be awarded points for the attempt of that dunk.
  • In the case of a tie affecting who will advance to the next round a dunk-off will be held.  Each player involved in the tie will be allowed one more dunk, and the player receiving the highest score will advance.

Semifinal Round

  • All previous scores reset. 
  • The four players will each attempt two dunks.  The scores will be added together for one total score.
  • Each player will have 45 seconds to execute a dunk.  If a player does not perform his dunk in the allowed time, he will still be awarded point for the attempt of that dunk.
  • In the case of a tie affecting who will advance to the next round a dunk-off will be held.  Each player involved in the tie will be allowed one more dunk, and the player receiving the highest score will advance.

Final Round

  • All previous scores reset.
  • The two players will each attempt one more dunk, alternating turns.
  • Each player will have 60 seconds to execute a dunk.  If a player does not perform his dunk in the allowed time, he will still be awarded points for the attempt of that dunk.