We all love Jon Octeus. He's sort of the savior of the season type of guy that you're always going to remember watching. It's unfortunate that his career ended with a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament and you'll never get to see him play basketball again...OH WAIT! It turns out Octeus will be participating in the slam dunk contest in Indianapolis Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. This will be at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN Thursday night. It should be something to look forward to. You can read the whole release from Purdue below.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In conjunction with Final Four activities this weekend in Indianapolis, Purdue senior guard Jon Octeus has been selected to participate in the College Slam Dunk Contest on Thursday night at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The 27th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships highlights the best dunkers and shooters in college basketball. The event features the men's and women's three-point championships, the three-point battle of champions and the slam dunk championship. Action will begin at 7 PM (ET) and will be televised live on ESPN. The full list of competitors will be announced throughout the week.
Tickets for the event will be $16 for general admission and $8 for kids. Octeus averaged 9.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG And 2.6 APG while shooting 49.0 percent from the field in his lone season as the Boilermakers' point guard, leading Purdue to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2012 campaign.
However, it was Octeus' highlight-reel dunks that gained him the most notoriety. His second-half dunk against Indiana was Sportscenter's No. 1 Play of the Day, energizing the Boilermakers to a thrilling 67-63 win over the Hoosiers. In addition, his two-handed slam in Purdue's second exhibition game against Carroll College (Mont.) was the network's No. 4 Play of the Day.
Despite standing just 6-4 and weighing 175 pounds serving as the Boilermakers' point guard, Octeus ranked third on the team in dunks this year with six, all of them coming during Big Ten action.
The Boilermakers posted a 21-13 overall record and return four starters and nine of their top 10 players for the 2015-16 season.
Just in case you forgot why Jon Octeus is in this contest I thought you might want to see an example. Ya know, for science.