Mario Moody finalist in dunk contest
DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman’s Mario Moody has been selected as one of 16 participants from across to country for the State Farm “Dark Horse Dunker” competition that will determine the final entry at the Final Four College Slam Dunk Championship.
The competition is a digital media contest matching the 16 selections in a bracket-style tournament. Fan voting over a four-week period on darkhorsedunker.com will determine the winner of each round.
Moody, a senior, has been paired against Northern Iowa’s Wes Washpun in the opening round. Voting for round one will run through Feb. 17, with the player receiving the most votes advancing to the quarterfinals. This is the first time ever a B-CU player has been selected.
The overall winner will be invited to participate in the 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point championship that will air live on ESPN during Final Four weekend at 9 p.m. on March 31 in Houston. Three players from the “Dark Horse Dunkers” have gone on to win the dunk contest in recent years.
Moody, whose stats include averages of 12.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg as well as 34 dunks, was selected to participate by a committee that reviewed highlight video submitted from the schools in an effort to promote the skills of “under-the-radar” players.
“To have the skills of our players showcased on a national level like this is exciting,” said Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Gravelle Craig. “I’m looking forward to our fans and supporters getting involved and taking Mario all the way to Houston.”
Other participants include Richard McCalop of University Science and Arts of Oklahoma;, Anthony Selby of Kutztown; Jarret Ruffin of Mount Union; Dwuan Anderson of Wagner; Tanner Plomb of Army; Michael Hardge of Tarleton State; Brandon Conley of Oral Roberts; DeVaugh Akoon-Purcell of Illinois State; Dom Williams of Indiana University East; Yunio Barrueta of Barry; John Brown of High Point, Chris Waller of Southwestern and Javonte Byrd of Northwest Christian.
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