Early competes in Slam Dunk Contest tonight

Published On: Apr 03 2014 02:17:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2014 04:07:29 PM CDT
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The 26th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk championship is tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. Wichita State Shocker and Wooden All-American Cleanthony Early will compete against seven other college basketball stars including Baylor's Cory Jefferson.

Here is the full release:

Wichita State's Cleanthony Early is on the roster to compete tonight in the 26th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk Championships. Thursday's Contest Features Six All-Americans and Airs Live on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT.

The event will take place at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and will be televised following the NIT championship game on ESPN.

One of the staples of championship weekend, the contest features 24 of the top dunkers and three-point shooters college basketball has to offer and this year’s field includes six All-Americans.

The event will be televised live on ESPN by a broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich and Kaylee Hartung. 

A complete roster for each event can be found below:

Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship

Mike Craig – Southern Mississippi

Cleanthony Early – Wichita State

Chase Fieler – Florida Gulf Coast

Cory Jefferson - Baylor

Walt Lemon, Jr. – Bradley

Marcus Lewis – Eastern Kentucky

Adreian Payne – Michigan State

Ronald Roberts, Jr. – Saint Joseph’s

Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship

Myisha Goodwin-Coleman – North Carolina State

Jordan Hooper - Nebraska

Tricia Liston - Duke

Keena Mays - SMU

Courtney Moses – Purdue

Kara Pollinger – Navy

Shoni Schimmel - Louisville

Odyssey Sims – Baylor

Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship

Travis Bader – Oakland

Billy Baron - Canisius

Andre Dawkins – Duke

Luke Hancock – Louisville

Marshall Henderson - Mississippi

Brady Heslip – Baylor

Akeem Richmond – East Carolina

Ethan Wragge – Creighton


Fans will serve as the “Fifth Judge” by voting via Twitter during the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship. Viewers can vote on each dunk by tweeting #CollegeSlam followed by the player’s last name and a score between one and 10 (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Jones9). An average rating will be calculated and that tally will be paired with the four celebrity judges’ scores to produce each player’s total score.

The celebrity judges for the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship are:

  • -Jason Garrett, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys
  • -Avery Johnson, former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks
  • -Mike Modano, former Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars
  • -Jason Witten, All-Pro tight end for the Dallas Cowboys

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