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Wichita State’s Early invited to Final Four dunk contest

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.


Cleanthony Early's dunk from two views

Wichita State University's Cleanthony Early had a monster dunk against Kentucky during the first half of the Shockers' game in the NCAA Tournament on March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Wichita Eagle photographer Jaime Green caught the dunk from two angles, a camera placed underneath the goal and another in the stands. (video by Jaime Green)

Wichita State senior Cleanthony Early has been invited to participate in the State Farm Dunk Contest on April 3 in Dallas. The event is two days before the Final Four begins in nearby Arlington, Texas.

The dunk contest and accompanying three-point shooting contest are for players whose eligibility has expired. Early, a second-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, completed his senior season when the Shockers lost 78-76 to Kentucky on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32 in St. Louis.

Early gained even more notoriety during that game for a first-half dunk that brought the Scottrade Center crowd to its feet.

It’s the second time in three years a Shocker will participate. David Kyles, a senior in 2012, did not advance out of the first round of dunks in New Orleans.

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