Pargo, Heytvelt, Downs In Final Four Festivities In Detroit

March 31, 2009

DETROIT, Mich. - Three Gonzaga University men's basketball players will be in Detroit this week, two participating in the 21st Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship and one in the Hershey's College All-Star Game sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The Slam Dunk Championship, held in conjunction with the 3-Point Championship, will include Jeremy Pargo and Micah Downs of the Bulldogs, while Josh Heytvelt will play in the College All-Star Game to be held at Ford Field, site of this year's Final Four and home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

The Slam Dunk Championship will be held Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Joining Pargo and Downs in the field will be Jermaine Taylor, Central Florida; Tony Danridge, New Mexico; Charlie Coley III, Charlotte; Tyrone Kent, Toledo; Terry Evans, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Wesley Matthews, Marquette.

Pargo and Kent both hail from Chicago and played on the same AAU team.

"He's about 6-5 and can jump. It will be between him and Micah," Pargo said, discounting him from matching up with those two.

The slam dunk and 3-point competition will air Thursday on ESPN from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Pacific Time.

Heytvelt will play on the Reese's All-Stars that will be coached by Bruce Weber of the University of Illinois and Purdue University head coach Matt Painter.

Heytvelt will be teammates with John Bryant of West Coast Conference foe Santa Clara University and Alfred Aboya of UCLA as the other big men on the roster.

Heytvelt and his teammates will be matched against the Hershey's All-Stars coach by Nolan Richardson. Aron Baynes of Washington State and Luke Nevill of Utah will provide the post competition for the Hersey's squad.

Friday's game will be televised live at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on CBS College Sports.



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