(l-r): Hi-Lite Bruton, Bull Bullard, Jet Williams, Jacob "Hops" Tucker, Spider Wilks, and Flight Time Lang
College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships have become hotbed for finding Globetrotter high-flyers
College basketball’s best dunkers will be competing in the 24th Annual College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships – March 29, 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time on ESPN – and fans could be watching the next great Harlem Globetrotters dunker in action.
The College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships have been a hotbed from which the Trotters have found many of their past and current dunking artists. The team currently boasts six former participants in the dunk contest, three of which captured the coveted title: Jacob “Hops” Tucker (2011), Herb “Flight Time” Lang (1998), and Kris “Hi-Lite” Bruton (1994). John “Jet” Williams (2nd, 2011), Darnell “Spider” Wilks (3rd, 2011), and William “Bull” Bullard (2nd, 2008) round out the list of current Globetrotter high-flyers that have competed in the prestigious event.
"For decades, the Globetrotters have popularized the slam dunk for fans around the globe and have had some of the greatest dunkers of all-time," said Globetrotter CEO Kurt Schneider. "We look forward to seeing the high-flying prowess of this year’s crop of college dunkers. It is not only the vertical ability that we look at, but creativity and showmanship."
Overall, 16 men who competed in the annual College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships have went on to play for the Globetrotters, including Michael “Wild Thing” Wilson (Memphis ’96), who set the Guinness World Record in 2000 by dunking on a 12-foot basket. Wilson, who retired from the Globetrotters in 2006, set the vertical record during the Final Four in Indianapolis that year.
This year's Slam Dunk participants are Miles Plumlee (Duke), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn), DeQuan Jones (Miami), Bryan Narcisse (Clemson), David Kyles (Wichita State), Olu Ashaolu (Oregon), William Mosley (Northwestern State), and James Justice (Martin Methodist). The Globetrotters will be watching closely.
Currently in the midst of their 270-game North American tour, the Globetrotters are holding a dunk contest of their own this week – online. The team has pulled footage of some of the greatest dunks in recent years and is encouraging fans to vote for their favorite Globetrotter dunk. To vote, go to our Facebook page.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. To see where the Globetrotters will be playing near you, and to purchase tickets for a performance on the 2012 World Tour, click here.