TCU forward Garlon Green chosen for Slam Dunk Championships


    The TCU basketball team didn't quality for the NCAA tournament this year, but the Horned Frogs will be represented at the Final Four. 

    Senior forward Garlon Green will don his uniform one last time to participate in the 25th annual College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships in Atlanta as part of the Final Four festivities. He will compete for the Horned Frogs and the South Region against seven other players from around the country in the Slam Dunk Championship.

    "It feels great," Green said. "I've actually watched college slam dunk contests growing up. I always said 'I want to be in that one day.' It's kind of funny that I'm actually in it."

    For Green, who said he first dunked in seventh grade before he hit six feet tall, defying gravity is in his blood. His brother Gerald, a forward for the Indiana Pacers, won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest in 2005 and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2007.

    Green said he hopes to add another trophy to the family case.

    "Obviously I want to win," Green said. "I want to have fun. I'm real excited. I've never been a part of anything like this. This is really special to me and I hope I can bring it in for the Horned Frog family."

    Green will follow in the footsteps of legends including Gary Payton, Steve Nash and Michael Finley. All three of those players were winners at the College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships and went on to successful NBA careers. Green said he hopes his exposure at the competition might help his draft stock. 

    The contest will be televised on ESPN on April 4 at 6 p.m. 

    Four celebrity judges will be on hand and fans are encouraged to act as a fifth judge by tweeting their favorite dunkers. Green promised he would have some surprises up his sleeve when he hits the court on Georgia Tech's campus. 

    "I'm excited, man. This is the highlight of my life," Green said.