Chicago — Iowa’s Peter Jok has been selected to the 3-point Championship roster for the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30, Intersport announced Thursday. Jok is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. CT. He was invited to take part in the 3-Point Championship after being recognized as one of the nation’s finest shooters from 3-point territory.
Jok becomes the fifth Hawkeye to be invited to the event and first since 2007: Dean Oliver (2001), Luke Recker (2002), Jeff Horner (2006), and Adam Haluska (2007).
Jok has made 211 triples in his career, including 79 as a senior (2.5 per game). The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, is the Big Ten scoring leader, averaging 19.8 points per game. He also ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage (.916, 153-of-167). Jok, who is a first-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District performer, also averages 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals per contest.
The shooting guard has scored 30 points or more five times this season, a total that ties for first among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok (6-foot-6, 205 pounds) poured in a career-high 42 points against Memphis on Nov. 26; the 42 points are the most by a Hawkeye in 40 years and ties Bruce King (1976) for fourth most in Iowa single-game history. The team co-captain has posted four double-doubles this season and his 19.8 points per game scoring average ranks sixth among players from Power 5 conferences.
Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men’s and eight women’s shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation’s top college basketball players during the Be The Match Team Shootout, the Great Clips Men’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Marine’s Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championship, the Shoe Carnival Battle of the Champions, and the Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship.
A complete list of participants will be released at a later date.
Over the last 28 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships including: Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Denzel Valentine, Damon Stoudamire, Allan Houston, Wes Matthews, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, and Kristi Toliver.
Tickets for the 2017 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships are on sale now and can be purchased at CollegeSlam.com. General admission tickets are $15. For special group rates, please call 312-467-2826. Grand Canyon University Arena is located at 3300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017.
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