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NSU's White vying for Dark Horse Dunker in Final Four

Northwestern State senior guard Brison White, an explosive 5-10 leaper whose slam dunks have delighted Demon fans and left others gasping in amazement, is among 16 college basketball players contending to be the 2014 "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" in voting online through Facebook.

Fans can vote daily through the early portion of Feb. 24 for White in a first-round matchup against Will Giddings of Southwest Minnesota State. The top vote-getter will advance to the second round, which will begin Feb. 24 and last one week before semifinalists are identified. The semifinal round and the finals will also be open for voting for one week with the champion "Dark Horse Dunker" crowned March 17, to compete at the Final Four in Dallas on April 3.

Fans can view a video of each dunker and cast their vote at http://bit.ly/1iRTWBR

The 16-player field is stocked with under-the-radar players who possess the power, creativity, and hops to compete against 15 of college basketball's big-name stars in the Slam Dunk Championship. Fans will determine the winner by voting daily on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/CollegeSlam) throughout the five-week competition.

White's highlight tape includes dunks in games at LSU, Arkansas and in last year's NCAA Tournament against Florida. His leaping ability traces back to his mother, who was a high jumper at Wichita State in White's hometown of Wichita, Kan.

"This is a neat recognition of Brison's incredible ability to excite a crowd in any arena," said Demons coach Mike McConathy. "We're excited about him getting the opportunity to showcase his talent at the Final Four but I know he's focused on helping our team hopefully make it back to the NCAA Tournament."

White was a key performer last year as the Demons won the Southland Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament. He has sparkled this season, especially in Southland games, where he is scoring 14.5 points per game, with his overall season average just decimal points behind at 13.6 in 22 contests. He recently had career-best scoring games of 24 and 28 points in back-to-back home games.

Previous "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" winners include Corey Law (High Point) in 2013, James Justice (Martin Methodist College) in 2012. The 2011 winner, Jacob Tucker (Illinois College), went on to win the Slam Dunk Championship.

Two years ago, Northwestern State senior center Will Mosley was an at-large selection for the dunk contest and competed during the Final Four in New Orleans. White is one of five Division I players in this year's "Dark Horse Dunker" field.

Intersport, a Chicago-based public relations firm, manages the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships and chooses the contestants for the annual events which are featured on national television each year during Final Four coverage.

Other first-round matchups are:

• Jordan Adams (Western State Colorado University) vs. Chris Udofia (University of Denver)
• Kevin Anthony (Lycoming College) vs. Jonathan Ouegnin (Mercyhurst University)
• Glenn Bryant (Eastern Michigan University) vs. Mike Kaufman (Lesley University)
• Manny Hernandez (Lynchburg College) vs. Kenny Williams (Angelo State University)
• Deonte Jones (Texas Wesleyan University) vs. Justin Simmons (University of Nebraska Omaha)
• Marcus Lewis (Eastern Kentucky University) vs. Sam Johnson (Minot State University)
• Khobi Williamson (Hampden-Sydney College) vs. Jerran Young (Wright State University)

Press release provided by Northwestern State University's sports information deapartment.

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