Cleveland to represent Southeast Missouri State basketball in national dunk championship

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Southeast Missouri State men's basketball player Antonius Cleveland will be the first representative from the school to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship.

Cleveland was one of 16 "under the radar" players who competed in a bracket-style online competition, in which fans voted for the final spot in the dunk competition.

The Slam Dunk Championship will be held March 30 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, during Final Four Weekend and will be televised nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.

The Redhawk standout earned a slight edge in the final round of voting, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent, to get past Northwestern State's Zeek Woodley.

Three previous "Dark Horse Dunker" contest winners have gone on to win the College Slam Dunk Championship.

Cleveland, who just completed his senior season, was named to the 2016-17 All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

The slam dunk event also features a 3-point shooting competition for both men's and women's players.

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