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Date Posted: 09:39:48 04/07/04 Wed
Author: Leatherhead
Subject: Bobby Carter

Did anyone see him in ESPN's slam-dunk contest? He finished fifth.

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[> Re: Bobby Carter -- Leatherhead, 19:43:14 05/19/04 Wed

I just noticed this on WIU's website:

Bobby Carter finished fifth in the Mountain Dew College Slam Dunk Contest in San Antonio April 1, and the Western Illinois senior’s second-round dunk earned him an appearance ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.

Carter narrowly missed the four-man cut into the semifinal round, performing a rock-the-cradle dunk with his hand over his eyes in the first round and narrowly missing his first attempt in the second round which would have secured him a spot in the semis. Approaching the basket from the right side, Carter flew almost horizontally toward the rim, bringing the ball back near his ankle, but bounced the dunk off the back of the iron. With several seconds left before his 30-second time limit expired, Carter chased down the loose ball and quickly put away a double-pump reverse dunk reminiscent of Dominique Wilkins. After the dunk, Carter attempted to gain some style points by pulling out a cell phone. The series was then replayed as No. 10 on EPSN’s Plays of the Day.

“That’s just great P.R.,” said Western Illinois head coach Derek Thomas. “You can’t buy that. I’ve already received 2-3 calls this morning from people who saw it and were impressed. I’m happy for Bobby and proud of the way he represented his team on a national stage.”

Carter had a family reunion of sorts at the contest, meeting his cousin and slam dunk champion Andre Emmett from Texas Tech for the first time. The two were virtually inseparable at the event, as Carter led the rush to congratulate Emmett after his winning dunk.

Carter was chosen as one of eight contestants after Thomas sent a highlight tape to the selection committee.

“Derek is so well-connected in the basketball community,” said Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine. “You can see here the type things that Derek is capable of doing - getting Western Illinois some great national exposure and putting the program on the map. I’ve no doubt that we’ve got the right guy to advance our men’s basketball program to the next level.”


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