McDonald's All-Americans show skills to Chicago

McDonald's All-Americans show skills to Chicago

This week the greatest high school players in the nation descended upon Chicago for the McDonald's All-American game, and with it, a half-week's worth of banner activities and competitions.

First-year North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the Sweet 16 in his first season. The program’s is bound for future success with a loaded recruiting class. Three NC State signees are set to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Future Wolfpack point guard Tyler Lewis showcased why he should be the team’s starting point guard for the future. He stole the show in the skills competition on Monday night, completing the basketball obstacle course in 31.2 seconds, edging Indiana Hoosiers signee Yogi Ferrell.

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The course consisted of a chest pass through a hoop, then a bounce pass, a three-point shot, then another chest pass, followed by a dribbling drill, weaving through targets, then capped off by a two-pointer. Lewis completed the course without a flaw.

Lewis, a 5-foot-11 point guard, transferred into high-school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy during the summer, leading to steady recruiting interest. He credits the transfer for his invitation to the McDonald’s All-American Game.

“I didn’t think it could happen last summer before I transferred to Oak Hill,” said Lewis.

Lewis is joined in Chicago by future Wolfpack teammates Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren. He is ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com.

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Duke fans may be down after the Blue Devils‘ shocking first-round loss to Lehigh. However, the program’s future is undoubtedly bright. One reason for that is five-star guard signee Rasheed Sulaimon.

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The Houston native earned a convincing victory in the men’s three-point shooting contest at the Sprite Jam Fest on Monday.

Sulaimon connected on 18 of his 25 three-point attempts in the final round of the contest, including 14 consecutive baskets. He credits hard work for the success.

“I work out in the gym a lot,” said Sulaimon. “I work on my shooting, ball-handling. It paid off. Leading up to the week, I worked on shooting form the five spot. I just thank God today they were falling in, and I won.”

After winning the men’s competition, Sulaimon defeated women’s champion Morgan Tuck in the one-on-one showdown.

Sulaimon is rated the nation’s No. 2 shooting guard by Scout.com. He chose Duke over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and others.

Shabazz Muhammad has left everybody guessing where he will attend college next season. However, nobody was surprised by his dominating performance in the Sprite Jam Fest Slam Dunk Contest.

Muhammad, rated the nation’s top senior prospect by Scout.com, recorded a perfect score of 70 on each of his four dunks, and won the contest, edging Kentucky Wildcats signee Archie Goodwin, UConn women’s signee Breanna Stewart and uncommitted prospect Anthony Bennett.

Guest post from Chris Emma, Purple Wildcats.com

 

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Muhammad closed out the contest with a one-handed alley-oop slam from outside the free throw line, drawing a ’10′ from each of the seven celebrity judges. However, that was not the dunk that he had originally planned.

“I was going to do the behind-the-back dunk, but Archie(Goodwin) did that; I had it in the back of my mind,” Muhammad told the media after the contest. “I got up there pretty well and put the dunk down. I was pretty excited.”

A large banner inside the University of Chicago Ratner Center displayed photos of Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and other former McDonald’s All-Americans. Muhammad was reminded of the special opportunity he had to showcase his talents.

“That’s an honor,” he said. “Watching back with Vince Carter in the (2000) All-Star slam dunk contest; you see how high LeBron gets. I’m just so blessed to have the opportunity to show my skills off.”

The 6-foot-5 swingman from Las Vegas is considering offers from Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Texas A&M, UCLA, UNLV, and USC

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