CHICAGO – Utah State University forward Brady Jardine’s monster dunk against St. Mary’s on February 19 was selected as a 2011 Papa John’s Dunk of the Year nominee, announced today by sports television production and event marketing company Intersport. The Papa John’s Dunk of the Year is wholly determined by fan voting and will be announced on a one-hour “Papa John’s Dunks of the Year” special airing on CBS April 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Each week for the past eight weeks, four incredible college dunk videos have been released at the Dunks of the Year fan page on Facebook (<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/dunksoftheyear”>www.facebook.com/dunksoftheyear</a>). The top weekly vote-getters proceed to the Finals, which tip off March 7. The CBS special will highlight the eight finalists and reveal the 2011 Papa John’s Dunk of the Year. Jardine’s dunk – in which he sliced through the lane and viciously posterized Gaels forward Mitchell Young in the closing minutes of the game – is competing against three other dunkers in week eight, including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson, and Louisville’s Peyton Siva. To support Jardine, fans can vote once a day and share their vote with their Facebook friends. Week eight voting opened today and ends Sunday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners – and therefore 2011 Papa John’s Dunk of the Year finalists – from the first seven weeks of voting include: Shay Shine, High Point University Jermaine Mallett, Missouri State University Jared Cunningham, Oregon State University Travis Releford, University of Kansas Kyle Kuric, University of Louisville Will Sheehey, Indiana University Terrence Jones, University of Kentucky
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