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UNLV’s Nwamu to compete in dunk contest


L.E. Baskow

UNLV guard Ike Nwamu (34) slams in a dunk off a fast break versus Colorado State late in their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Ike Nwamu will punctuate his college career with a slam-dunk contest, it was announced this morning. The Rebel guard is one of eight senior dunkers selected for the 28th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, which will air on ESPN at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event takes place at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, and it brings together 24 athletes — eight men’s shooters, eight women’s shooters and eight dunkers — who excel in their area and have used up all of their college eligibility. Nwamu, who’s listed at 6 feet 5 inches tall, could win the competition, despite losing out to freshman Derrick Jones Jr. when UNLV held its own preseason event downtown.

The other dunkers include: Deuce Bello (East Tennessee State), Yunio Barrueta (Barry), Shaquille Harrison (Tulsa), Shaquille Johnson (Longwood), Craig Sword (Mississippi State), Jordan Barham (Davidson) and Devan Douglas (Mary).

Nwamu played at Cleveland State and Mercer before transferring to UNLV for his senior season. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists while playing in all 33 games.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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