Ulis, Towns finish second in McDonald’s skills events

 Posted by at 10:49 PM on March 31, 2014
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Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

CHICAGO — UK signees just missed in all three of the Powerade Jam Fest contests Monday night at the University of Chicago.

Karl Towns Jr. pulled off a blind-folded dunk and threw down another jam from just inside the free-throw line, but Duke signee Grayson Allen took home the trophy.

Future UK point guard Tyler Ulis finished second in both the three-point shootout and the skills contest.

Allen’s final dunk came after he put on a Jay Williams college jersey and dunked over future Blue Devils teammate and near-7-footer Jahlil Okafor. Williams, a former Duke point guard, was part of the ESPNU broadcast team. Towns finished second in the event.

WATCH: Towns dunks from just inside the free-throw line

Ulis made 17 of 25 shots in the finals of the three-point contest, but it wasn’t enough to beat Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr., the son of former UK guard James Blackmon. Ulis finished second, ahead of Allen and uncommitted UK target Myles Turner.

Duke signee Tyus Jones defeated Ulis for the skills competition title by managing the obstacle course in 28.1 seconds, which was 3.8 seconds better than the UK signee. North Carolina’s Theo Pinson was third. The contest highlighted dribbling and passing skills, and each player also had to make a three-pointer from the top of the key.

Tennessee women’s signee Alexa Middleton recorded a faster time than both Jones and Ulis to win the girls’ competition. She also won the girls’ three-point shootout and became the first McDonald’s All-American to win two events.

In the preliminary round, Ulis proved to be one of the top competitors.

The future UK point guard made 15 of 25 three-point attempts to advance to the finals. Towns made 14 of 24 attempts — he didn’t get the last one off — and Devin Booker connected on 13 of 25 threes. Towns and Booker finished fifth and sixth out of 13 players in the opening round.

UK women’s signee Alyssa Rice — a 6-3 post player — made only five of 25 three-point attempts and did not advance to the finals.

Ulis tied Jones for the best time in the preliminary round of the skills contest. Both players finished the obstacle course in 28.9 seconds. Booker finished in 35.2 seconds and Towns did the course in 36.7 seconds. They were fifth and sixth, respectively, in that contest.

UK signee Trey Lyles is also a McDonald’s All-American but did not participate in any of Monday’s competitions.

Kyle Wiltjer remains the only UK signee to win a McDonald’s week skills event. He won the three-point shootout in 2011. Wiltjer will play for Gonzaga next season.


  One Response to “Ulis, Towns finish second in McDonald’s skills events”

  1. Wonder how good UK would have been if wiltjer have stayed !!! This year he would have been huge off the bench, but next year being a jr. With all the shooter coming in. We could have been looking at 3 final fours in a roll

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