University of Rochester junior guard Sam Borst-Smith will be in Houston, Texas on Thursday evening to be honored for a play he made on Super Bowl Sunday.
The video of the play became a sensation on social media that evening and made ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day as #2 – with the number one play from Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. It was shown on a variety of internet-based media, including Fox Sports, D3hoops.com, Bleacher Report, Deadspin, NBC Sports, MSNBC. Within four days, it had more than 600,000 views. Later in the month, it was showcased on a public television station in Germany where it accumulated another 500,000 views.
The play was submitted as an entry in the State Farm Assist of the Year contest, run by Intersport, an internet company based in Chicago. Borst-Smith finished first in a 'semifinal' round of voting among players from three other institutions – Seton Hall, Butler, and a women's player from Charlotte. He advanced to the finals where he was matched up against men's players from Michigan State, Kentucky, and a women's player from Academy of Art in San Francisco.
Here is the list of dates and broadcast times for the College Slam Dunk and 3-Point championships which will include the presentation to Borst-Smith:
Live: Thursday, March 31: 9:00-11:00pm ET on ESPN
Friday, April 1: 1:00-3:00am ET on ESPNU
Friday, April 1: 8:00-10:00am ET on ESPNU
Saturday, April 2: 2:00-4:00pm ET on ESPN
Saturday, April 2: 5:30-7:30pm ET on ESPN2
Sunday, April 3: 5:00-7:00pm ET on ESPNU
Monday, April 4: 4:00-6:00am ET on ESPNU
Tuesday, April 12: 7:00-9:00pm ET on ESPN2
Saturday, April 16: 7:00-9:00pm ET on ESPN2