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Wright State’s Davis dunking his way to national stage


Steven Davis will get to wear his Wright State jersey one more time.

The WSU senior has been chosen to compete in this year’s Slam Dunk contest at the Final Four in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30.

“I thought I had a chance to get into it, so I’m looking forward to it,” Davis said. “I’ve been practicing, trying some new stuff. I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve.”

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Twice this season ESPN featured Davis on SportsCenter, including this huge dunk from the Urbana game in December. He said he thought he deserved a third appearance for his throwdown against Northern Kentucky on Feb. 4.

“My favorite dunk of the year was the one against NKU during our blackout game,” Davis said. “I really thought that should have made it on ESPN. It looked really good on camera.”

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The rest of the field has yet to be announced, presumably because the NCAA is waiting to see which teams and players don’t advance to the Final Four.

“I’ve been trying to find out, asking everyone I know,” Davis said “People just keep saying ‘Don’t worry about who else is in it. Just go do your thing.’”

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Davis didn’t hesitate when asked if he had a dunking idol.

“LeBron James,” he said. “How far he jumps and how high he still gets is just amazing. And then when he cocks it all the way back with one hand and throws it in and barely touches the rim is so good.”

The Slam Dunk contest, along with the men’s and women’s 3-point championship, will be held at Grand Canyon University and broadcast live on ESPN.

Davis is the first Raiders player to compete in the contest. In 2014 the NCAA selected seven participants and had an online voting contest called the “Dark Horse Dunker” in which Wright State’s Jerran Young was a finalist.

The NCAA did away with the Dark Horse contest this year and is extending invitations to eight dunkers.

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In addition to preparing for the dunk contest, Davis said he’s still working out in the weight room and gym in hopes of being able to play professionally.

“I’m just staying in shape and keep my game right,” he said. “I’ve been invited to a few camps, so that’s good. I’m just waiting to see what happens.”

Davis appeared in 68 games with 41 starts during his Wright State career, scoring 639 points and 216 rebounds.



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