Dean & Pargo Go to Atlanta

Arkansas senior guard Jannero Pargo will join teammate Brandon Dean at this week's 14th Annual Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships in Atlanta in conjunction with the Final Four, but while Dean is participating in the dunk contest, Pargo will be in the three-point contest.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. (central) at the GSU Sports Arena on the campus of Georgia State University but will be aired by ESPN from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

Other contestants include Tony Akins of Georgia Tech, Cory Bradford of Illinois, Dan Dickau of Gonzaga, David Graves of Notre Dame and Steve Logan of Cincinnati. Two more contestants will be added.

Pargo closed his two-year Arkansas career this season by averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 3.3 assists per game along with 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He ranked among Southeastern Conference leaders in scoring, field goal percentage (.460), three-point field goal percentage (.432) and three-point buckets per game (3.28).

A third-team All-SEC selection and an All-District VII pick by the United States Basketball Writers Association, the Chicago, Ill., native recorded the top three scoring games in the SEC this year with 35 points in the 94-92 overtime win over then-No. 4 Florida and in the loss at Mississippi State, and with 33 points at Alabama. Pargo also had 32 points in the win over Tennessee-Chattanooga and 30 in the win at Memphis, becoming the first Razorback to record five 30-point games in the same season since Todd Day in 1991. His efforts against Florida and Alabama came in consecutive games, making him the first Hog to have back-to-back 30-point games since Joe Kleine had 32 against Texas and Texas Tech in 1985. His 35-point outings are the highest for an Arkansas player since Al Dillard had 39 against Delaware State in 1994.

Pargo ended his career with a 14.4-point scoring average and ranks fifth on the school's all-time three-point goals made list with 168 and seventh with 395 attempts. His .425 three-point percentage is second-best in school history to Scotty Thurman's .432 mark.

In addition to the 35-point games, Pargo finished with career highs of seven three-point goals made five times, eight rebounds against Georgetown last year and Memphis this year, and nine assists and seven steals against Louisiana-Monroe last season.

ESPN's announcers are Brad Nessler, Brad Daugherty and Jimmy Dykes.


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