Mar 29, 2012
[March 29, 2012] CHICAGO – The American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships will air at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS. The second annual event will showcase the dunking and shooting talents of 24 of the nation’s top high school seniors. Individual events in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships include: American Family Insurance Girls’ 3-Point Contest, U.S. Marines Boys’ 3-Point Contest and American Family Insurance Slam Dunk Contest.
The CBS broadcast team includes Tim Brando, Bill Raftery and Lewis Johnson, as well as reports from expert analyst Chris Stonebraker of MaxPreps. The program will have numerous encore presentations on CBS College Sports. Check local listings for dates and times.
“American Family Insurance is proud of the way these young men and women have pursued their dreams, both on and far above the basketball court,” said Annette Knapstein, American Family Insurance vice president of marketing. “And it’s not just the athletes. The communities really came through in supporting their players. We’re looking forward to the competitions, and to seeing where their dreams take them in the long run.”
The 24 competitors in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships include:
The roster for the 2012 American Family Insurance Girls’ 3-Point Contest includes: Antoinette Bannister – Jacksonville, Fla. (Potter’s House); Morgan Batey – Atlanta, Ga. (Pace Academy); Jasmine Jenkins – Gainesville, Ga. (East Hall); Kari Korver – Paramount, Calif. (Valley Christian); Addy Roller – Purdy, Mo. (Purdy); Shilpa Tummala – Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary’s); Jamie Weisner – Clarkston, Wash. (Clarkston); Kim Cerjan – Colorado Springs, Colo. (Doherty).
The roster for the 2012 U.S. Marines Boys’ 3-Point Contest includes: Malik Morgan – New Orleans, La. (John Curtis); Phil Forte Flower – Mound, Tex. (Marcus); Buddy Hield – Bel Aire, Kan. (Sunrise Christian); Zak Showalter – Germantown, Wis. (Germantown); Isaiah Zierden – St. Louis Park, Minn. (Benilde St. Marg.); Jordan Price – Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb); Kellen Dunham – Pendleton, Ind. (Pendleton Heights); Nolan Cass – Woodlands, Tex. (The Woodlands).
The roster for the 2012 American Family Insurance Slam Dunk Contest includes: J.P. Tokoto – Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Men. Falls); Shaquille Johnson – Alpharetta, Ga. (Milton); Savon Goodman – Philadelphia, Pa. (Constitution); Dalante Dunklin – San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker); JaVontae Hawkins – Flint, Mich. (Huntington Prep – W. Va.); Jelon Hornbeak – Arlington, Tex. (Grace Prep); Demarquise Johnson – Pontiac, Mich. (Westwind Prep – Ariz.); Wally Ellenson – Rice Lake, Wis. (Rice Lake).
The final three roster spots in each contest were filled via Facebook fan voting. The Facebook campaign featured 48 high school seniors – 16 competitors in each category – who uploaded YouTube videos to the official Facebook page and were then hand-selected as bracket contestants. Each week for four weeks, the contestants competed in a bracket-style knockout competition. Half the field advanced to the next round after a week of voting until, ultimately, the dunker, boy’s 3-point shooter and girl’s 3-point shooter with the most votes remained. These fan-selected contestants will test their skills against some of the nation’s top college recruits. To find out more about the Facebook competition, visit: facebook.com/HighSchoolSlam.
The celebrity judges’ panel for the American Family Insurance Slam Dunk Contest will include: current New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas; CBS Sports college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman; current LSU defensive tackle and Second Team All-SEC selection Michael Brockers; plus two of college basketball brightest stars in Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Missouri’s Marcus Denmon, both of whom are finalists for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award.
Alumni of the event include Oklahoma State’s Cezar Guerrero, Texas’ Sheldon McClellan, Connecticut’s DeAndre Daniels and Wake Forest’s Chase Fischer.
FRS is a participating sponsor of the event.
The taping of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships will take place at the Alario Center in New Orleans on Friday at 7 p.m. CT. A limited number of complimentary screening passes are available for fans who would like to attend the event. Screening passes may be requested by visiting HighSchoolSlamTix.com. Screening passes do not guarantee admission, and seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis for those with screening passes only.