CHICAGO — The Powerade Jam Fest dunk contest was shaping up as a two-man slam-off between uncommitted stars Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon.
Instead, it was Florida signee Chris Walker who walked away with the title.
Walker delivered a nasty windmill to start things off, then went way up in the air and connected on this one-handed slam in the second round. Neither of his final two dunks were as impressive, but he had a large enough lead to hold off Gordon, Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Walker said he didn’t consider himself an underdog against the high-flying Wiggins and Gordon.
“I don’t think nothing of it,” he said. “We were all just out here having fun and trying to put on a show for everybody.”
Walker finished with 226 points. Gordon was second with 213, followed by Parker (211), Wiggins (199) and Hollis-Jefferson (150).
Wiggins missed his first several attempts on his opening turn, finally landing an around-the-back jam that garnered only 44 points from the judges. Later in the contest, he nailed a twisting, between-the-legs slam that got the University of Chicago crowd on its feet.
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Other winners were Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss (boys’ three-pointers), Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson (boys’ skills), Georgia Tech’s Jessica Washington (girls’ skills) and UNC’s Kaela Davis (girls’ three-pointers).
UK women’s signee Linnae Harper, a Chicago native, finished second behind Washington in the skills contest. Owensboro native Becca Greenwell, a Duke signee, was second behind Davis in the three-point shootout.
None of the six UK men’s commitments competed in any of the events.