Lone Peak point guard Nick Emery, a BYU signee, hit 19 3-pointers in the last round of the City of Palms 3-point contest to win the event. ESPN color commentator Dick Vitale presented Emery with his trophy.
Emery’s future teammate Eric Mika, a forward who is also signed to BYU, won the slam dunk contest after Emery threw Mika an alley-oop off the backboard that he slammed home with vindication. The dunk was a perfect score and won the contest for Mika as the future Cougars raided all the hardware at City of Palms. Mika took home the slam dunk title after Emery threw Mika a lob off the back of the backboard which he caught from out of bounds and dunked. That earned Mika a perfect score of 70 and the coveted trophy.
Watching these two young guys succeed makes you think of what Jabari Parker could of done at BYU, teamming up with 2 other talented freshman. The Cougars likely would not have been as good as Duke will be next year with Parker, but it would have been the best BYU basketball team to ever lace them up. You can imagine the types of dunks, pass and shoots on the perimeter, and dynamic offense that these three future freshman will bring to the table next year. Alas, it was not meant to be, but the Cameron Crazies are bound to fall in love with Parker.
In the City of Palms Classic’s Signature Series finals, No. 3 Huntington (W.Va.) Prep will face Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) at 7 p.m.