Check it out, you can help a Wilsonian make it to the first Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas.
Willie Barnes, who attended Fike High and played for Charis Prep in 2007, is one of 10 semifinalists that are competing for four spots in Dallas.
Sprite, NBA superstar LeBron James, NBA Nation and Kia Motors are the sponsors of this cross-country search to find America's top amateur dunker. Barnes drove to Washington, D.C., to get into the regional competition as a walk-on. He said he waited in line for eight hours for the open call and, when no one else showed up, he got his chance and made the most of it by defeating 13 other contestants.
You can watch Willie AKA "Flyte" strut his stuff and vote for him. The top four will go to Dallas and the winner there will take home a $10,000 grand prize and be a guest at the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 13.
I had the pleasure of talking to Willie following Charis Prep's season-ending National Prep Tournament championship in 2007 and was as impressed with him as a person as I was with his basketball skills. I think it's really cool that he has a chance to earn some fame so let's help him out with some online votes!