Petway Dunk Contest Highlights Senior Class Events

ANN ARBOR, Mich. C With the 2006-07 season completed for the University of Michigan men's basketball team, the four-member senior class -- Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Pontiac Northern HS), Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS), Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) and Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) have several postseason events scheduled.

Petway will represent U-M at the 19th Annual College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships in Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, March 29.

Petway will represent Michigan at the 19th Annual College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships in Atlanta, Ga., Thursday (March 29). The event will be taped, beginning at 7 p.m., at Georgia State University Sports Arena in downtown Atlanta. The show will then air on ESPN at 9 p.m. and will air several additional times throughout the weekend.

ESPN's Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships invite the top senior dunkers and men's and women's three-point specialists in the country to participate in the annual event, which is always held in the Final Four host city.

With his near 42-inch vertical leap, Petway was nicknamed "Air Georgia" by the Michigan student section after he thrilled the Crisler Arena crowd with his aerial shows for four seasons. During his career, Petway shot 60.2 percent, which ranks him third all-time. Of his 286 career field goals, 145 came via a dunk as 51 percent of his shots were above the rim.

Sims will represent U-M at the 2007 DiGirono/NABC College All Star Game Friday (March 30) at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. The annual event will feature 20 invited college seniors and the game begins at 7:30 p.m. George Mason's Jim Larranaga and LSU's John Brady will each serve as head coaches at the contest.

Sims closed his career playing in 133 straight games for the Wolverines, which ranks third on Michigan's all-time list. He had 1,329 career points, 728 rebounds and 213 blocks in his career.

Finally, Sims, Harris and Abram will travel to Portsmouth, Va., Wednesday through Saturday (April 4-7) to participate in the 55th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) at Churchland High School. The PIT is the only tournament for college seniors to participate in and be evaluated by the National Basketball Association prior to the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando in early June. For further tournament information, please visit the PIT website.

Harris closed his college career playing in 131 career games with 1,599 career points, 398 assists, 334 rebounds and 135 steals. He is second all-time in U-M program history for three-point field goals (268) and three-point field goal attempts (755). Abram closed his career playing in 120 career games with 1,274 career points, 479 rebounds, 179 assists and 114 steals.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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