March 28, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue will be well represented at the 2012 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday in New Orleans with senior Brittany Rayburn competing in the State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship and senior Ryne Smith set to show his skills in the Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship.
For the first time in its 24-year history, the event will be broadcast live, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN. Annually held in the men's Final Four city, the event will take place at Fogelman Arena on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans.
After the men's and women's three-point competitions, the winner from each event will participate in the Pure Protein Battle of the Champions to crown an overall 3-point winner. So if Rayburn and Smith win their respective events, they will compete against one another for the overall title.
Also new this season, fans will be the "Fifth Judge" during the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship by voting via Twitter. Fans can vote on every dunk by simply tweeting #CollegeSlam, followed by the player's last name and a score between one and ten (E.g. #CollegeSlam #Smith10). From there, Mass Relevance, the technology leader in social curation and integration, will calculate all fan scores and deliver an average rating via their platform. That rating will be presented as the "Fifth Judge" and paired with four celebrity judges' scores to make up each player's total score.
The celebrity judges' panel for the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship will include: former Duke University point guard and two-time national champion Bobby Hurley; current New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas; current New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham; current LSU defensive tackle and Second Team All-SEC selection Michael Brockers.
The State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships will showcase the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of 24 of the nation's top college basketball players. Individual events include: Denny's Slam Dunk Championship, Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship, State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship and Pure Protein Battle of the Champions.
The final roster for the 2012 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships will be available soon. The event will include the following participants.
The roster for the 2012 Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship includes: Marcus Denmon (Missouri); Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette); John Shurna (Northwestern): Ryne Smith (Purdue); Juan Fernandez (Temple); Chace Stanback (UNLV); Bradford Burgess (VCU); Nick Barbour (High Point).
The roster for the 2012 State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship includes: Brittany Rayburn (Purdue); Jessica Jenkins (St. Bonaventure); Ashley Corral (USC); Becky Burke (Louisville); Taylor Alton (Michigan State); Courtney Ingersoll (Toledo); Alyssa Shoji (Santa Clara) and Markeshia Grant (South Carolina).
The roster for the 2012 Denny's Slam Dunk Championship includes: Miles Plumlee (Duke); Kenny Gabriel (Auburn); DeQuan Jones (Miami); David Kyles (Wichita State); Olu Ashaolu (Oregon); William Mosley (Northwestern State); James Justice (Martin Methodist).