TNT’s The Dunk King to Feature Duncanville’s Davene Carter

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Turner Sports will premiere the second season of The Dunk King on TNT – featuring 24 of the top amateur dunkers from around the globe – this May, with new episodes airing nightly immediately following the network’s coverage of the first four games of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Porter Maberry will look to defend his title of “The Dunk King” against a competitive field, with bragging rights and a $100,000 prize on the line.

Davene (Viper) Carter – photo from the Harlem Globetrotters

One of those vying top prize is former Duncanville Panther Davene Carter. The 6’6″ Carter attended Tarleton State from 2011 to 2015 after graduating from Duncanville. While at Tarlton he participated in both basketball and on the track team as a high jumper. Carter went to the nationals in the high jump his sophomore and senior year. His personal best was 7.25 feet.

Since graduation Carter traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters. As a member of the team he was known for his high-flying dunks as “Viper.” However, for The Dunk King he will have the moniker “Showtime.”

You can read more about Carter and the rest of the show’s contestants on the show website at

The show, created by Turner Sports and produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, will be hosted by Terrence J and Kenny Smith. This year’s competition will debut two new judges – dunk icon Julius “Dr. J” Erving and three-time Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson – along with NBA on TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal and 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner Brent Barry.

Last year, TNT’s premiere episodes of The Dunk King reached 10.9 million total viewers, and delivered the most-viewed program of the night – based on total viewership and all key demos – across cable television in its telecast window each of the four nights. Last season’s shows also generated 36% more viewers, 68% more men 18-34 and 59% more people 18-34 when compared with the network’s average viewership in each of the respective telecast windows.

In its 33rd consecutive year of NBA coverage, TNT will televise more NBA Playoff games than any other network including exclusive coverage of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.