Swish and Slam: Exhibition at the Palace showcases college and high school talent

Posted: April 1, 2010 by Jared Field in College, High School

The state’s brightest high-flyers and long-range shooters will descend on The Palace for Michigan’s Slam Dunk Championship and 3-Point Shootout on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets at $20 VIP, $15 reserved and $10 general admission at Palacenet.com, The Palace Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations.  Special Superfan and front row floor seating is also available.  Groups of 10 or more receive $5 off VIP and reserved seating.

Tickets may also be charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The event begins with the women’s Three-Point Shootout followed by the men’s Three-Point Shootout and will see competitors from both college and high school ranks shooting from their respective three-point lines. The winner of the women’s three-point competition then will take on the winner of men’s three-point to crown the state’s best shooter from long range.

In accordance with the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM), the night’s events conclude with the state’s best college and high school leapers and high-flyers competing in the Slam Dunk Championship, judged by local area celebrities.  Pistons public address announcer and local radio talent John Mason will emcee the night’s festivities.

A list of participants, who were nominated by their coaches, are listed below.

Men’s 3-Point Shootout
                                            POSITION        HGT     YEAR    SCHOOL                              

Johnathon Jones         Guard                5-11      SR          Oakland University
Jordan Bitzer                 Guard                6-3        SR          Central Michigan
Carlos Medlock             Guard                6-0       SR           Eastern Michigan
DeMarco Sanders        Guard                6-1        SR          Powers Catholic HS
Matt Veltema                Forward           6-6        SR          Calvin College 
Juwan Howard, Jr.     Forward           6-5        SR          Detroit Pershing HS
Kevonte Martin           Guard                6-1         SR          Brother Rice HS
Gerald Johnson           Guard                6-7        JR          Renaissance HS                                                                                                                                                  Maurice Jones             Guard                 5-7        SR         Arthur Hill HS

Slam Dunk Championship

                                             POSITION        HGT     YEAR    SCHOOL                       

Jonathan Sutherlin      Forward           6-4       SO           Renaissance HS
Dimitri Abner                 Forward           6-4       SR           Academy of Oak Park
Thomas Kennedy          Forward           6-7       SR           University of Detroit
John Mantel                    Center               6-9       SR           Calvin College
Dwaun Anderson          Guard                6-3       JR           Suttons Bay HS
Tommie McCune          Forward            6-7      JR           Saginaw HS
Kwincy Tucker              Forward            6-5      SR           Arthur Hill HS
Anthony Johnson       Forward             6-3     JR            Parkway Christian HS
Derrick Barden             Forward             6-5     SR            Denby HS                                                                                                                                                                       Doug Anderson            Forward             6-6     FR           Mott Community College

  1. Jared Field says:

    Umm…I’ll take Doug Anderson and bet the farm.

  2. PJR says:

    Um, how do fellas enter this contest? Can fellas that aren’t in college participate? The fields look pretty weak.

  3. Marcellus Miller says:

    Joemar Black would have been a nice pick here

  4. PJR says:

    Just noticed the article said “… in accordance with BCAM …. “. Isn’t the MHSAA the governing body for high schoolers that are underclassmen? Seniors and College players would be the NJCAA, NCAA or NAIA or other entity as the case may be. So why’s BCAM in charge of okaying this event and not the official governing bodies??

    By the way, couple of fellas they outta get from college are Myke White of UoM Dearborn, and Jamie Stewart from HFCC. They might give Anderson a run for his money.

  5. FlintStones says:

    who would you add to either list, Jared and Marcellus?

    • Jared Field says:

      I would add Cody Campbell and Patrick Haggin for 3-point shooters.

      For dunkers, I would add Andre Johnson (6-6 Oakland CC) and Jamie Stewart (6-4 Henry Ford CC).

    • Marcellus Miller says:

      I would agree with Jared on his selections to add. Although clearly Ray McCallum has shown ability to compete in dunk contests so he would be intriguing. Juwan Howard in the 3pt contest and not the Mr. Basketball Keith Appling who has a very good shot? Makes no sense…

  6. SBell says:

    It’s odd that Bitzer is in the three-point contest when CMU teammate Robbie Harman set all the school three-point records, although maybe Harman as baseball that wknd?

  7. Gage Lopez says:

    lets not forget that Jordan was the the 3-point
    leader in high school at USA so I would not be talking BUB!!!!!!

    I am only 11yrs old

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