July 26, 2011
HOUSTON - Former University of Houston guard Kevin Barber is looking for the support of Cougar Nation as he hopes to compete at the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown.
Barber is one of 10 amateur finalists vying for a spot in the Championship Round. The top two amateur dunkers advance to the Championship event in 2012.
Fans are invited to visit this page to cast their votes for Barber and one other contestant. Fans can visit this page to see highlights from Barber's winning performance earlier this summer. Voting will continue until Aug. 12.
Barber earned his place in the amateur finals in early May during the first Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown event of the summer. Among the judges he impressed during the competition was NBA great Darryl Dawkins.
He joined the Cougars as a walk-on prior to the 2002-03 season and played for three seasons in the Scarlet and White. He competed in 37 games during his collegiate career before being hampered with a foot injury.
Barber, a native of Missouri City, Texas, was a Fort Bend Baptist Academy product and was named team Most Valuable Player as a senior. That season, he averaged 26 points, five assists and four steals throughout the playoffs to lead the Eagles to the TAPPS Class 4A State Tournament semifinals.