The Internet has spoken, and Jacob Tucker has been granted his rightful spot in the college slam dunk contest later this week in Houston.
The 5-foot-11 guard from Division III Illinois College went viral earlier this month in his pursuit of a spot in the competition. To date, his video audition has received more than 2.6 million views on YouTube, and now he and his supposed 50-inch vertical leap will represent the little guy — in more ways than one.
The competition will be fierce, as he'll be jockeying with Pitt's Gilbert Brown, St. John's Justin Burrell, Memphis' Will Coleman, East Tennessee State's Justin Tubbs, San Diego State's Billy White, Cincinnati's Darnell Wilks and UNC Asheville's John Williams. None of them stand shorter than 6-foot-3.
Tucker doesn't care.
"I feel with the dunks I have practiced and the dunks I have in my arsenal, I have a chance," Tucker said. "I'm not going to leak them out. I will say there's a couple dunks you haven't seen me do before or some you've never seen before."
Tucker earned his way in by winning a Facebook fan poll, in which the public voted for one non-Division I-competitor to join the contest. He beat out Lee University's Larriques Cunningham in a landslide, nabbing 88 percent of the vote.
The contest will air Thursday night on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET.