DALLAS – As announced earlier this week, FGCU’s Chase Fieler is set to participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight, Thursday, April 3, at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Fieler, who helped rebrand FGCU into #DunkCity, will take part in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship.
The event will be televised live on ESPN by the broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich and Kaylee Hartung. The complete dunk contest field was released by Intersport on Wednesday. In addition to Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS), seven others will competing in the 26th annual event:
Mike Craig – Southern Mississippi
Cleanthony Early – Wichita State
Cory Jefferson – Baylor
Walt Lemon, Jr. – Bradley
Marcus Lewis – Eastern Kentucky
Adreian Payne – Michigan State
Ronald Roberts, Jr. – Saint Joseph’s
Fans can integrate themselves into the contest by voting via Twitter and serving as the “Fifth Judge.” Fans can vote on every dunk by simply tweeting #CollegeSlam, followed by the player’s last name and a score between 1 and 10 (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Fieler10). 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 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
Fieler first appeared on the national radar with a polarizing one-handed alley-oop finish in the late stages of FGCU’s upset of second-seeded Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament last year. That dunk and subsequent Sweet Sixteen trip turned Fieler and FGCU into household names, but it was just one of a team-leading 59 slams during the 2012-13 campaign. Coupled with his thunderous finishes this year, Fieler has thrown down an incredible 83 dunks in the last two seasons – well more than one dunk a game – and has 98 for his career.
It will mark the second straight year a player from FGCU will be highlighted as last April Sherwood Brown was selected to participate in the Hampton Hotels Men’s 3-Point Championship. Brown finished his 119-game career as the only player in program history to join both the 1,000-point and 500-rebound clubs.
Fieler surpassed both of those marks as the Eagles’ lone senior will graduate as the only player in program history with at least 1,000 career points (1,306) and 600 rebounds (714). The 6-8 forward finished second on the FGCU roster in scoring this year (13.9 per game) while leading the Green and Blue and ranking second in the Atlantic Sun Conference in rebounding (7.4 per outing). Fieler helped guide FGCU to a 22-13 record this past year, earning the program’s first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship and advancing to the NIT for the first time.
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). Last year, Detroit’s Doug Anderson won the dunk contest.
Individual tickets to the championships are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Reserved seats are $29, general admission seats are $15 and groups of 20 or more receive a special $9 rate. For more information, log on to www.collegeslam.com/tickets.
The event features 24 of college basketball’s best dunkers and long-range shooters. Additional elements of the night include the Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship, the Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship and the Echo Battle of the Champions.
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
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
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