Wichita State freshman Jazimen Gordon is considering entering the dunk contest at Shocker Madness. Before she decides, she wants a few more days to practice her dunks. And the dance she plans to celebrate with if she throws one down on Oct. 17 at Koch Arena.
"It's been a goal I've been trying to reach since high school," she said. "I'll probably be nervous since it will be my first time in front of a big crowd."
Gordon, a 6-foot-2 freshman from West Memphis, Ark., can dunk a volleyball with a running start. She can grab the rim jumping off two feet. An inability to palm the women's regulation ball is the only obstacle.
"I'm basically there," she said.
"She tells me she works on it every weekend," coach Jody Adams said.
Adams wants to see how the week goes before letting Gordon compete. WSU will practice Friday and Saturday morning, so Gordon's legs may be sapped.
"We will see how she feels," Adams said. "If she feels good, we'll let her roll."
If Gordon can't handle the women's ball, she may use a smaller basketball.
"I'm definitely getting closer, with the weights we're doing it's helping my vertical (leap)," she said.
Shocker Madness begins at 5 p.m. with the "Shock Cancer Walk," a 1.75 mile walk through campus led by Adams and men's coach Gregg Marshall. The teams will also participate in the fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.
At 6 p.m., players will be available for an autograph session at Koch Arena. At 6:45, team introductions begin. The women's team will scrimmage first, followed by the men. The dunk contest ends the evening.
Men's players Jerome Hamilton, David Kyles and Kenny Manigault are expected to compete in the dunk contest.
Fans can pick up men's season tickets in the ticket office lobby beginning at 6 p.m.
Friday is the first official day of basketball practice. Both teams have been doing individual and limited team practices in recent weeks.