From the University of Missouri
Former Missouri guard Keion Bell will be in action Final Four weekend as he competes in the 25th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships on April 4 at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
The 25th annual event, which will showcase the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of 24 of the nation's top college basketball players, will be broadcast live on ESPN. The broadcast team includes Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder.
Several of the country's top leapers will be in action in the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship, including Bell, who jumped over six people during the Oct. 12, 2012, Mizzou Madness tip-off event at Mizzou Arena.
Bell is the second consecutive Tiger to compete Final Four weekend and the third over the last five years. Marcus Denmon was a part of the 2012 3-Point competition and Matt Lawrence participated in the same event in 2009.
Bell finished his senior season averaging 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds for the 23-11 Tigers. He registered five 20-point games in SEC play, including 21 points vs. Ole Miss, 24 points in wins against Auburn, Mississippi State and South Carolina and 25 points at Arkansas.
Fan involvement continues as voting via Twitter will serve as the "Fifth Judge" in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition. Fans can vote on every dunk by simply tweeting #CollegeSlam, followed by the player's last name and a score between one and 10 (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Smith10). From there, an average rating will be calculated and that rating will be paired with the four celebrity judges' scores to make up each player's total score.
The four celebrity judges for the 2013 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are:
-Harry Douglas, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons;
-Julio Jones, Pro Bowler and wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons;
-Demaryius Thomas, former Georgia Tech standout and 2013 Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Denver Broncos; and
-Roddy White, four-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.
General admission tickets for the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are $10, a Family Four Pack is $30 and groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets for $6 per ticket. Georgia Tech season ticket holders, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $6. Please note: seats are limited.
Alumni of the event include Gary Payton (Oregon State), Steve Nash (UC-Santa Clara), Allan Houston (Tennessee), Bobby Hurley (Duke), Michael Finley (Wisconsin), Wes Matthews (Marquette), and Mario West (Georgia Tech). Also, six current members of the Harlem Globetrotters are alumni of this event: Kris Bruton, William Bullard, Herb Lang, Bryan Narcisse, Darnell Wilks and John Williams.
For media interested in attending the event, please contact Lauren Price at email@example.com.
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