Merriweather to compete in Slam Dunk Championship
Senior A.J. Merriweather's dunks were a highlight of the Bucs' trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Merriweather to compete in Slam Dunk Championship
Friday, March 24, 2017

ETSU senior will join others in all-star event on March 30 at 10 p.m.

CHICAGO (March 24, 2017) – ETSU senior A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) has been selected to the Slam Dunk Championship roster for the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30, Intersport announced today.

Merriweather, a 1,000-point scorer during his four-year career with the Buccaneers, is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET. He was invited to take part in the Slam Dunk Championship after being recognized as one of the nation’s finest slam dunk performers. Merriweather will become the fourth ETSU player in program history to compete in the event, joining former Bucs Deuce Bello (Greensboro, N.C.), Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) and a 1992 Slam Dunk Champion Calvin Talford (Castlewood, Va.).  

Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men’s and eight women’s shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation’s top college basketball players during the Be The Match Team Shootout, the Great Clips Men’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Marine’s Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Shoe Carnival Battle of the Champions, and the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship.

A complete list of participants will be released at a later date.

Over the last 28 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships including: Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Denzel Valentine, Damon Stoudamire, Allan Houston, Wes Matthews, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, and Kristi Toliver.

Tickets for the 2017 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are on sale now and can be purchased at General admission tickets are $15. For special group rates, please call 312-467-2826. Grand Canyon University Arena is located at 3300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017.

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