Men's Basketball

Young Part of Voting for Dark Horse Dunker Competition
Release: Tuesday 02/10/2014 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations
Intersport, producers of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, today announced Wright State’s Jerran Young will be part of the first round voting for the 2014 “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” competition that is now open and runs through February 24. The 16-player field is stocked with under-the-radar players who possess the power, creativity, and hops to compete against college basketball’s stars in the Slam Dunk Championship. Fans will determine the winner by voting daily on Facebook ( throughout the five-week competition.

Young has electrified crowds with his acrobatic dunks over the past two season and has been featured twice this year on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Ten. 

The “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” is a bracket-style elimination competition. Round One voting is open for two weeks and features eight head-to-head matchups. Winners will be announced February 24 when Round Two opens. Voting for Round Two, the Semifinals, and the Finals will be open one week each. The champion will be announced March 17 and compete in Dallas on April 3. Fans can view a video of each dunker and cast their vote at

The Round One matchups are:

Jordan Adams (Western State Colorado) vs. Chris Udofia (Denver)

Kevin Anthony (Lycoming) vs. Jonathan Ouegnin (Mercyhurst)

Glenn Bryant (Eastern Michigan) vs. Mike Kaufman (Lesley)

Will Giddings (SW Minnesota State) vs. Brison White (Northwestern State)

Manny Hernandez (Lynchburg) vs. Kenny Williams (Angelo State)

Deonte Jones (Texas Wesleyan) vs. Justin Simmons (Omaha)

Marcus Lewis (Eastern Kentucky) vs. Sam Johnson (Minot State)

Khobi Williamson (Hampden-Sydney) vs. Jerran Young (Wright State)

Previous “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” winners include Corey Law (High Point) in 2013 and James Justice (Martin Methodist) in 2012. The 2011 winner, Jacob Tucker (Illinois College), went on to win the Slam Dunk Championship.


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