SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.
This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.
Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another.
The most notable names from Division I are Dwight Coleby and TK Edogi. Both players transferred following the 2016-17 season, and were highly coveted in the off-season leading up to the 2017-18 campaign. Coleby is now a key piece for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, while Edogi is now with the Iona Gaels.
Coleby transferred from the Kansas Jayhawks, while Edogi previously played for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
All of the Division I athletes hail from schools outside of the power conferences, which is great to see. While the rest of the field hasn’t been announced yet, the event has a history of featuring a plethora of talent from outside the big name schools.
The most intriguing player in the Dark Horse Dunker bracket is guard Max Pearce, who plays for SUNY Purchase College in the Skyline Conference (Division III). The 6′ guard is known to throw down some impressive dunks, and his highlight reel for the contest did not disappoint.
Haven’t seen it yet? You’re welcome in advance:
The first pairing in the bracket features a pair of Division I talents, as Dmitri Thompson (Elon Phoenix) is up against Demetre Rivers (Mercer Bears). Both players have flown under the radar during their collegiate careers, but have both made highlight reels with some high-flying dunks.
Tim Bond (Eastern Michigan Eagles) is up against Shack Scott (Wagner Seahawks), while Tom Lacey (Navy Midshipmen) squares off against the aforementioned TK Edogi.
Coleby is matched up with Emanuel Terry (Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters), while Kajon Mack (Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles) has the tough task of knocking off the high-flying Max Pearce in Round One.
Voting in Round One is now open, and goes until next week. Each round of voting is seven days in length, and the bracket stretches over four weeks.
Be sure to check out the Dark Horse Dunker bracket to cast your vote.
– T. Bennett