McDonald’s High School All-American festivities kicked off tonight with a slew of events at University of Chicago’s campus in Hyde Park of Chicago, and while official Kentucky commitments laid low, the dunk contest still provided enough of a highlight to once again have BBN salivating over the thought of Andrew Wiggins in Kentucky blue. Here’s some highlights as a nightcap (they pair well with McFlurries):
-The only two Kentucky commitments to participate in the skills and three-point shooting comments came from the women’s side. Makayla Epps competed in the preliminary round of the girls’ three-point shooting but only made 12 points- too little for the finals. Chicagoan native Linnae Harper enjoyed a warm welcome from the crowd before making the finals of the skills competition, only to fall to Jessica Washington.
-Another female with Kentucky connections made an appearance. Becca Greenwell of Owensboro had an impressive showing in the three-point shooting contest with 15 points, including a hot 5-5 from the top of the arc. Greenwell will play at Duke next year.
-After a long wait, the dunk contest finally got underway, and the much-hyped Wiggins/Gordon matchup began a little slowly. Aaron Gordon, who will announce his college choice tomorrow at the media day opportunity, went with a reverse one-handed jam for his first, good for 47 points, and followed it up with a 53-point between the legs dunk.
-Andrew Wiggins, meanwhile, missed a handful of first-round events before hitting a tricky behind the back dunk that earned him a mere 44 points from the judges. However, his next dunk brought his teammates to mid court to excitedly mob him. As far as I could tell, it was a 180, between-the-legs windmill- but it happened so quickly that it’s hard to be sure. The feat earned him a perfect score of 60 from the judges. Here, look for yourself and tell me what you think it’s called (click to play, video courtesy of McDonald’s):
Although Wiggins’ dunk above won the night, it wasn’t enough of an overall effort for him to win the dunk contest. Chris Walker (Florida) surprised everyone to finish with 226 points from his consistently emphatic dunks, while Gordon was second with 213 points. Wiggins’ 119 points resigned him to fourth overall.
But that thing right up there? I want to see that again, but with Kentucky across the front. Make it happen, Wiggins.
Stay tuned for updates from Media Day tomorrow @KristenGeilKSR