PEORIA, Ill. - High-flying guard Chris Roberts (Ft. Worth, Texas/Dunbar H.S.) will have a chance to add to his Bradley Basketball highlight reel: the 6-foot-4 senior has been selected as one of eight participants in the 22nd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship Thursday night in Indianapolis.
The State Farm College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships will be contested Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. (EDT) at Bracket Town, refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero, in the Indiana Convention Center as part of the Final Four events schedule. The competitions will be broadcast on ESPN on a tape-delay basis beginning at 9 p.m. (EDT). Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium box office and the Indiana Convention Center box office and are $25 for ages 12 and over and $15 for ages 3-11. The ticket prices include admission to Bracket Town.
One-time Bradley Basketball player Danny Granger, a 2009 NBA All-Star forward from the Indiana Pacers, is scheduled to serve as one of the celebrity judges for Thursday night's slam dunk contest.
Roberts becomes Bradley's second participant in the State Farm Slam Dunk Championship, following Lawrence Wright in 2006. Ironically, the 2006 Slam Dunk Championship also took place in Indianapolis.
Roberts has made four appearances on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays during his two-year Bradley career. Although his first appearance was in recognition of his 75-foot game-winner versus Oakland in the quarterfinals of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament March 23, 2009, his other three appearances highlighted his dunking talent. Most recently, Roberts earned the No. 2 play on the March 5, 2010 SportsCenter for his follow slam versus Creighton in the State Farm MVC Tournament quarterfinals, a play that gave the Braves the lead for good with 16:11 remaining and ignited Bradley's 81-62 victory versus the Bluejays.