HPU’s Law shows right stuff
Thanks to balloting online, High Point University senior center Corey Law will realize a dream.
As the winner of the “Dark Horse Dunker” voting. Law gained a berth in the slam dunk competition slated for April 4 at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta as part of the festivities to be held in conjunction with the Final Four.
“It has been a dream of mine to compete in the slam dunk contest,” Law said. “But, I never thought I would get the chance because playing for a small school like High Point, players don’t get as much recognition. I’m just honored to get the chance. I’m excited. I’m living the dream.”
The voting started with a 16-person bracket and each round lasted a week for a total of five weeks. Law defeated Tyler Brown of Illinois State in the final round.
Law said he did not personally wage a campaign to be selected.
“I didn’t,” Law said. “(HPU sports publicists) Jon Litchfield and Erika Carrubba did a great job getting the students to vote. I mentioned it to my family and friends and they helped. I admit I would have been upset if I had not gotten it. But, it was nice to know that I had that much support and that all those people had my back.”
Law, who scored 876 points and grabbed 684 rebounds in his career, was selected to be included in the voting because of a combination of power and elevation shown in his audition video, according to a release.
He would not divulge what dunk he has planned.
“I don’t want to reveal it,” Law said. “But I think it will be special. All I can say it will be something that has never been done in the NCAA or NBA slam dunk contests.”
It will be the third straight year that someone from HPU will take part in a competition associated with Final Four weekend. Shay Shine was in the running for best dunk on video two years ago and Nick Barbour participated in a 3-point shooting contest last year.
“I’m excited for Corey that he will get to showcase what he can do in something that will be seen before thousands if not millions of people,” HPU coach Scott Cherry said. “And it is also beneficial for the program because it is another opportunity for the school to get its name out there.”