McDonald’s All-American and Duke signee Zion Williamson was the player whom most everyone came to Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena Monday night, and he didn’t disappoint.
In the slam dunk contest leading up to the McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday at Philips Arena, Williamson threw down four monster dunks to win the contest.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” he said. “When I was out there dunking, everybody wanted to stand up for some reason. I love crowds like that.”
Williamson, whose dunking prowess has gained him widespread fame on social media, nearly didn’t make it out of the preliminary round. With contestants given 45 seconds to make one dunk, he missed on his first three tries in which he threw the ball off the backboard, caught it and brought it between his legs before dunking.
“I was starting to feel the pressure, but (fellow Duke signees) Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and R.J. (Barrett) told me to calm down, and I made the last one.”
The other winners were Reddish and Immanuel Quickley (Kentucky) in the boys’ 3-point contest, McKenzie Forbes (Cal) won the girls’ 3-point contest and Romeo Langford (undeclared), Christyn Williams (Connecticut) and great Candice Wiggins won the Legends & Stars Shootout.