Quarterfinals Voting Open Feb. 25 - March 4 at facebook.com/CollegeSlam
CHICAGO (Feb. 25)-New Mexico State senior forward Bandja Sy advanced to the quarterfinals of the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition, Intersport announced. "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta. The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 5 p.m. April 4 on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers began the competition and eight remain in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeSlam).
Bandja Sy brings incredible speed, size and strength to the contest. In his submission video, the 6-8 forward violently attacks the rim and one dunk, he narrowly avoids slamming his head into the backboard. Simply put, he has ups. Sy is facing-off against Stephen F. Austin's Hal Bateman in the quarterfinals. To watch Sy and Bateman in action and to vote for them or any of the other competitors visit (facebook.com/CollegeSlam). Voting for the quarterfinals ends Monday, March 4.
Two years in a row, the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker moved on to win the entire Denny's Slam Dunk Competition. Last year, James Justice from Martin Methodist College won the 16-player Dark Horse Dunker bracket before bringing down the house in New Orleans, while Jacob Tucker of Illinois College was named the 2011 champion. Both dunkers are now members of the Harlem Globetrotters. To view Justice's performance visit http://youtu.be/BS737iP9AzY, while Tucker's classic slams are available at http://bit.ly/i80vU0.