Illinois’ two-time Mr. Basketball showed some skill in the McDonald’s All-American Games’ Powerade Jam Fest at the University of Chicago’s Ratner Center Monday night. Jabari Parker didn’t end up winning the contest, but had fun competing.
Parker was apparently one of the most impressive players, though during the practice with Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon showing out as well.
“I did all right,” Parker said. “I’m getting better chemistry with my teammates. I don’t want to be that guy who burns bridges before the game, so I’ve got to be nice to the point guards.”
Parker did not expect to win the dunk contest, but he showed some nice creativity. His second dunk was an alley-oop off the side of the backboard.
Chris Walker ended up winning the contest, but Andrew Wiggins also impressed with his 360 dunk.
“They needed contestants, so I put my name out there,” Parker said Monday morning. “Everyone was too shy. I know I’m not going to win.”
Kudos to Parker for competing; it shows he is not afraid to show his ability on the court even when it is an event he knows he probably won’t win. He also showed some of his teenage side by being star struck by Bo Jackson.
Parker tweeted: “Star struck on the sideline, Saw the great BO JACKSON! Amazing how basketball blesses lives.”