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Highlights from Tonight’s Powerade Jam Fest





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

Article written by Kristen Geil

19 Comments for Highlights from Tonight’s Powerade Jam Fest

  1. Andrew Wiggins
    10:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry guys, I dunk better when jumping over another person and proceeding to put my nuts in their face….

  2. Charlie
    10:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink


  3. Andrew Wiggins
    10:54 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Chris Walkers bogus 60 for doing something Charles Barkley could still do screwed me…

  4. BGCat
    10:55 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Walker was also the only one who seemed to be able to actually palm the ball. Dude had some big hands.

  5. Andrew Wiggins
    10:58 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    When I take a shit, its worth more points than Chris Walkers dunks….

  6. Scratch da Cat
    11:02 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Do yall think that if Aaron Gordon commits to us tomorrow, Andrew Wiggins wont come?

  7. Nashvillain
    11:03 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I didnt see a windmill in there, but it was definitely nice.

  8. HicksPickSix
    11:03 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Worst. Video quality. Ever.

  9. BGCat
    11:10 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I think it was a reverse 360 between the legs.

  10. unit to tha g
    11:10 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    6- 2 diff positions… if Gordon comes the poythress is gone. Has nothing to do with Wiggins who is a SF not a PF

  11. Curious Cat
    11:21 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Jabari Parker had input from 7 voters to get his first round score of 53. Both young guys on the right threw up signs & they counted them both. I think I’ll write a letter… That’ll show them!

  12. Morgan
    11:29 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins last dunk attempt was the greatest dunk attempt ever if he would have completed that o my god

  13. Curious Cat
    11:34 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    I liked Randle’s reactions when Wiggins got low scores… He was appalled!

  14. Mc
    11:52 pm April 1, 2013 Permalink

    #6-There’s no impact there as #10 said, but I can’t imagine Gordon coming to UK because we already have Randle-another PF. With WCS, Johnson, Lee, Randle, and Wiltjer in the front-court, it would be a huge surprise if he chose UK. Not saying he couldn’t start at the 5 I guess, but that’s just too crowded of a front-court. Wiggins on the other hand, can fit right into the 3 spot with Young backing up the 2 and 3 playing a role similar to Darius Miller.

  15. Tito
    12:30 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just thinking about it, but supposedly Gordon has known for weeks. Also supposedly randle knew for weeks before his decision. Wonder if Gordon decided right after Coach Cal told him Randle was coming to UK?

  16. thought
    8:20 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Strikes me odd that everyone already thinks WCS starts over johnson. Makes me wonder how good Dakari is. Willy is a beast but he could not score to save his life unless it was a lob and looks totally lost most of the time under the net. Is Dakari really that much of a work in progress?

  17. Rockfield, KY
    8:56 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    17. Dakari is a more traditional back to the basic center and is not as athletic as WCS. Willie would be a better option to clean up shots and Dakari probably has a better low post game. I’d say play Dakari some with Marcus Lee so we don’t lose the shot blocking.

  18. Tim
    2:16 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    How come NCAA Men’s recruiting list doesn’t show Wiggins visited UK in Feb. to watch Miss St. game? It shows all his other visits except UK. I wrote espn to ask them to update it, but they did not. Any help here?