The BYU-Idaho slam dunk competition on Feb. 7 will feature a new contest called Shooting Stars.
Taylor Hartman and Noelle Hillam have put together the event as a part of their senior project.
“We’ve done quite a bit to get this news out to the students, we’ve set booths, put posters , put web banners on the university website, flyers in the Hart building, BYU-Idaho Center and the Manwaring Center,” said Hillam, a senior studying communication.
Hillam said that their Facebook page has generated a good amount of publicity.
“About 50 to 100 people turn out for tryouts, and they only take the top four for the slam dunk contest,” said Hartman, a senior studying communication.
Hartman said this year marks a special year and a rare opportunity for the annual slam dunk contest.
“We are excited to have all of the defending champions as they’re all about to graduate,” Hartman said.
The slam dunk competition itself will consist of four separate rounds. The first and second rounds can be any dunk the participant chooses.
Hillam said the third round of dunks must involve a prop.
Hartman and Hillam said the final round is a one-on-one showdown between the top two dunkers.
“The shooting stars portion is new to the event, consisting of three people, including a boy, girl and a faculty member,” Hartman said. “Each will have two spots designated to them and will be in a race to make all of their shots in order.”
Hartman said they will only have two minutes to complete the task.
“At the conclusion of the three-point competition, there will be a one-on-one contest for both the top boy shooter and top girl shooter,” Hillam said. “There will be a head-to-head competition to be the all-time three point champion.”
After the three-point competition, there will be a show by Pro Form Airborne Jump Ropers.
Previous champions include three-point shooters Jess Montgomery and Derek Hartman. The previous slam dunk champion is Eric Hillam.
Tryouts for the competition itself will be held Jan. 28 from 6-10 p.m. in room 208 in the John W. Hart Building.
“It’s an event for all ages and everyone of all different interests,” Hartman said.