Garland Owens participated in the State Farm Collegiate Slam Dunk Competition at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Az Thursday evening. He finished the first round just shy of the cutline to advance to the semifinal round.
Here is his dunk:
Here is @Owens_5 first round dunk.— BC Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) March 31, 2017
He narrowly missed the semifinals. pic.twitter.com/uMaqLtyg4v
While Owens saw his minutes reduced during the 2016-17 season, he cultivated a reputation throughout his years at the Heights as someone who could dunk amongst the best in the nation.
Garland Owens will compete in the State Farm @CollegeSLAM Dunk Championship on 3/30 on @ESPN.— BC Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) March 20, 2017
He deserved the invite after 4 years of ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JivmHImTIv
The contest was filled with jaw-dropping dunks, including this one by Eastern Tennessee State’s A.J. Merriweather:
The elevation! #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/wrD0iGEC3f— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 31, 2017
The contest was eventually won by Georgetown’s Rodney Pryor, who defeated Merriweather in the final round. Merriweather had perfect judges’ scores going into the final round, but couldn’t register a dunk in the final round, and he ceded the contest to Pryor.
The dunk contest was preceded by a three-point contest, won by Iowa’s Peter Jok, defeating notable competitors such as Villanova’s Kris Jenkins and Derrick Walton Jr.