Before he makes his appearance in ESPN's 21st annual Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championship next week, Charlotte 49ers senior forward Charlie Coley will make a slight detour to New Jersey to play with the Harlem Wizards.
The Wizards team dates back to 1962 and does not focus on winning. Instead, its aim is to entertain crowd using a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops. The team performs at various special occasions, such as fundraisers or sporting events.
Coley put down 55 dunks this year and finished his two-year career with 102 dunks, second all-time in 49ers history. The athletic leaper has put on shows with his acrobatic dunks, jumping over players, chairs, tables and stationary bikes.
"It's a little step in my life," said Coley about his tryout with the Wizards. "I'm excited to be still playing basketball. It's nice to know I could keep waking up and going to work doing something I love. It's just a start, but it's a good start."
Coley is on track to graduate during the summer. The slam dunk contest will air 9-11 p.m. April 2 on ESPN from the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit.
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