Stepp To Compete In 3-Point Contest

March 23, 2004

CHICAGO - Gonzaga University senior Blake Stepp will be among the competitors at the 16th annual Mountain Dew College Basketball Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships to be held April 1 at 6:30 p.m. CST in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the men's basketball Final Four.

This year the Slam competition is slam packed with big name slammers and long range shooters. Julius Page of Pittsburgh, Myree Bowden of Pacific, Tony Allen of Oklahoma State, Matt Lottich of Stanford, Brandon Mouton of Texas, Stepp and more will take center stage in the year's most exciting skills competition. Also scheduled to show off their three-point stroke in the women's competition are Courtney Davidson of the US Naval Academy, Vicki Krapohl of Duke and Cathy Joens of George Washington.

Tickets can be purchased at any TicketMaster outlet, charged by phone at (210) 224-9600 or on the web at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under or with a college ID.

The College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championship has become a tradition that tips-off college basketball's premier weekend. Produced by Intersport of Chicago and ESPN each year in the host city of the Final Four, The Mountain Dew Championship spotlights the long-range shooters in the men's and women's game, and the nation's greatest slam dunk artists.g The telecast will air that same night at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.

The Slam event features 24 of the nation's finest collegiate high-risers and long range bombers. Participants of the high-flying dunk and shooting spectacular over the last decade include: Dahntay Jones (Duke), Hollis Price (Oklahoma), Tom Coverdale (Indiana), Kyle Korver (Creighton), Nick Van Exel (Cincinnati), Felipe Lopez (St. John's), Gary Payton (Oregon State), and the 2004 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Freddie Jones (Oregon).

Stepp will attempt to become the second Bulldog to win the event, Richie Frahm capturing the title in 2000. Stepp is Gonzaga's all-time 3-point shooter with 287 makes to surpass the 280 of Frahm, now with the Seattle Sonics. Dan Dickau, currently with the Portland Trail Blazers, competed in the 2002 event but did not reach the finals.

 

 

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