Story by Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Athletic Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Purchase Tickets) (Tournament Schedule) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the contestants for the 2018 NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, presented by U.S. Bank. The final four 3-point shooters and three-of-four dunkers were selected by a committee, while the fourth and final dunker will be picked using a fan vote pushed out on social media.
The Fan Vote dunkers are Marcus White of Dickinson State (N.D.), Tyler Bell of Jarvis Christian (Texas) and Joseph Williams of Xavier (La.). Fan voting open Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. CST for the final dunker as it occurs on the @NAIA Twitter and @PlayNAIA Facebook accounts. Fans can vote as many times until Monday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. CST.
The 3-point and dunk festivities take place March 17 at 4 p.m. CDT and are in conjunction with the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
These three players earned a spot in the Dunk Contest, with the fourth to be determed by the Fan Vote: Arsenio Arrington of Aquinas (Mich.), Titus Rice of Ottawa (Kan.) and DeShun Patterson of Tabor (Kan.). The order of dunkers will be alphabetical by school name. All four dunkers will be judged on two dunks in the first round. Each dunker must complete one dunk within a two-minute span. The two dunkers with the highest composite score advance to the final round. The format is the same in the final round. The dunker with the highest final round score will be the winner. A panel of judges will score the dunks from 8-to-10 points, resulting in a maximum score of 50 and a minimum score of 40 per dunk.
The following players were selected to participate in the 3-Point Contest: Reed Dungan of Dalton State (Ga.), Colton Kooima of Northwestern (Iowa), Will Hill of Rio Grande (Ohio) and Brandon Scott of Science & Arts (Okla.). The order of contestants will be alphabetical by school name. All four players will participate in the first round with the goal of making as many 3-point shots as possible in 60 seconds. Similar to the NBA 3-point contest, five racks with five balls each will be stationed around the arc. The two players with the highest score from the first round advance to the final round. The contestant with the highest final round score will be the winner.
For tickets to Saturday’s activities – which will cover the Shoot & Slam and all four quarterfinal games – go to www.NAIAHoops.com.
To learn more about the 2018 NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, presented by U.S. Bank, click here. For history and records, click here.
|3-Point Contestants (listed by school)|
|Reed Dungan||Dalton State (Ga.)||68||44.7|
|Colton Kooima||Northwestern (Iowa)||72||38.7|
|Will Hill||Rio Grande (Ohio)||94||42.9|
|Brandon Scott||Science & Arts (Okla.)||79||42.9|
|Dunk Contestants (listed by school)|
|Arsenio Arrington||Aquinas (Mich.)|
|Titus Rice||Ottawa (Kan.)|
|DeShun Patterson||Tabor (Kan.)|
|TBD (fan vote)||TBD|
Schedule -- Saturday, March 17 (All Times CDT)
- Noon -- Quarterfinal Game No. 1
- 2 p.m. -- Quarterfinal Game No. 2
- 4 p.m. -- NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, presented by U.S. Bank
- 5:30 p.m. -- Quarterfinal Game No. 3
- 7:30 p.m. -- Quarterfinal Game No. 4
- DUNK: Henry French, Trinity International (Ill.) | WATCH DUNKS
- 3-POINT: Zach Taylor, Carroll (Mont.)
- DUNK: Richard McCalop, Science & Arts (Okla.) | WATCH DUNKS
- 3-POINT: Trae Bergh, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
- DUNK: Jamaal Thomas, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) |WATCH DUNKS
- 3-POINT: Marcus Hurn, Great Falls (Mont.)
- DUNK: Tyler Inman, Southwestern Christian (Okla.) |WATCH DUNKS
- 3-POINT: Travis Schuba, Madonna (Mich.)