Giddens and Padgett at hamburger games

J.R. Giddens and David Padgett are in Cleveland for the McDonalds All American games. Giddens impressed in the PowerAde Slam Dunk Contest but was unable to finish due to injury.

What Sports Illustrated is saying: But it was J.R. Giddens of Oklahoma City who delivered the biggest crowd-pleaser in the first round with a between-the-legs dunk. For his second slam, he cradled the ball in his arm like a football and slammed it home.

"He looks like he should be in the NBA," Vick said.

Air to the throne

What the fans are saying:

David was out of action the entire evening and resorted to taping the entire event on his camcorder. I asked how he was feeling and assured me rehab is going well, but he won't be seeing any action in Wednesday's game.

J.R. was an instant crowd favorite and rightfully so. He brought A+ game to the dunk contest and if I'm not mistaken, was in the lead going into the finals. I was sitting behind the players and to the back left of the judges so was unaware of any of the official scores for the evening. Nonetheless, he dunked AFTER LeBron James in the final round, which I believe went from lowest to highest score in the first round. Unfortunately he pulled up lame after a couple attempts and LeBron won by default. His mother said that he thinks he reaggrevated a broken bone in his foot that was healing. He was unable to finish the competition.

I got a chance to talk to both guys and they are nothing short of what I would expect in a Kansas recruit.

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Gallery from the hamburger classic, including a Giddens dunk

What comes next?

The Boys Game will begin at 6 p.m. (EST) tonight and will be broadcast live on ESPN. David Padgett will not compete due to injury and it is still unknown if Giddens will be able to play.


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