Brown Announced As Finalist For Dunk Competition
Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown

Feb. 11, 2013

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CHICAGO - Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown is one of 16 finalists nominated for the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition, Intersport announced Monday. The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 6 p.m. CST, April 4, on ESPN.

Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (

Brown might be known first for his three-point shooting and defense, but his dunking abilities are equally impressive. In his submission video, Brown bounces an alley-oop to himself and finishes with a 360-degree dunk. Brown is facing-off against Benedict College's Tydran Beaty in round one. To watch Beaty and Brown in action, and to vote for them or any of the other competitors, visit ( Voting for round one ends Monday, Feb. 25.



Two years in a row, the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker moved on to win the entire Denny's Slam Dunk Competition. Last year, James Justice from Martin Methodist College won the 16-player Dark Horse Dunker bracket before winning in New Orleans, while Jacob Tucker of Illinois College was named the 2011 champion. Both dunkers are now members of the Harlem Globetrotters. To view Justice's performance visit, while Tucker's classic slams are available at Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.