WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's basketball player Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) won the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. Thursday night.
Pryor was one of eight competitors and advanced to the semifinals after completing his first dunk, going from the right baseline. Part of the scoring was done by on-site judges, as well as with fan voting on social media.
He was one of four to advance to the semifinals and completed a pair of dunks to reach the final round.
In the final round, each competitor was given one chance and Pryor, with an assist from Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., took the ball off a bounce in the paint and went through his legs before jamming it with his left hand. Pryor beat East Tennessee State's A.J. Merriweather in the championship round.
Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation's elite men's and women's college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men's and eight women's shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation's top college basketball players during the Be The Match Team Shootout, the Great Clips Men's 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Marine's Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Shoe Carnival Battle of the Champions, and the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship.
Pryor, a graduate student who earned honorable mention All-BIG EAST honors, led Georgetown in scoring, and ranked third in the BIG EAST, with 18.0 points per game. He tied for the team lead in rebounds, with 5.0 per game. Pryor has hit a team-best 84 3-point field goals and ranked third in the BIG EAST in that category. His 577 points this season rank No. 15 all-time for a single season at Georgetown, while his 84 3-pointers are the second-most in a single season and he is tied for third all-time with 204 attempts from long distance.