CHICAGO – Arkansas Pine-Bluff senior guard Savalace Townsend is nominated for the “Dark Horse Dunker” competition, Intersport announced today. “Dark Horse Dunker” nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in New Orleans. The winner will participate in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in New Orleans March 29 on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the “Dark Horse Dunker” Facebook bracket which is a four-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (Facebook.com/collegeslam).
Townsend cemented his spot in this competition with an absolutely spectacular dunk in a game against Grambling State. Townsend brought the ball up the court, accelerated past his defender, leaped from just inside the free throw line and posterized the help-side defense. He’s competing against Jason Randle from Ashford in round one. To watch Townsend’s incredible jam and Randle in action and to vote for them or any of the other competitors visit (Facebook.com/collegeslam). Voting for round one ends Monday, Feb. 13.