The biggest winner Friday night among U of L's talented quintet was 6'8, 225-pound small forward Chad Millard. Millard, along with 6-5 Indiana signee Joey Shaw won the 2-on-2 contest, defeating UCLA-bound stars 6'0 Darren Collison, and 6'8 Ryan Wright 13-3 in the finals.
Millard was impressive in both the quarterfinal and semifinal matchup, draining 3 three-pointers in each game. Millard and Shaw knocked off likely NBA draft choice 6-7 Brandon Rush and McDonald's All-American Luke Zeller in the first round 12-10, and followed that upset with a 13-3 rout of 6-9 Brandon Costner and 6-6 Ryan Ayers. In the semifinals, Millard and Shaw knocked off McDonald's All-American Greg Paulus and 6'9 Vernon Goodridge 12-7.
"We were just two shooters out there hitting shots," Millard said of the chemistry he and Shaw rode to the 2-on-2 title. "One of the biggest things was that we were hitting a lot of shots. It was a great atmosphere, and a great experience to play in front of my future fans. I really, really enjoyed it a lot."
In other 2-on-2 matchups, U of L signee Clarence Holloway and Alonzo Gee fell to Kentucky signee Jared Carter and Antonio Anderson in the first round 12-10 after building an early 7-2 lead. Holloway blocked Carter twice, and drew two fouls on the Georgetown, Ky native.
Terrence Williams and J.P. Prince (Arizona) lost a hard fought first round game 12-10 to Goodridge and Paulus. Williams hit two three-pointers, and slammed home a crowd pleasing alley-oop slam from Prince.
Ryan Ayers, Mario Chalmers (Kansas), Greg Paulus, and Joey Shaw advanced to Saturday night's three-point shooting semifinals. Ayers and Paulus each made 16 in the first round, while Chalmers scored 15, and Shaw 13 to advance.
McGee, and Terrence Williams each scored 10 points, Millard scored 8, while Holloway and Huffman scored 6 and 4 points, respectively.
Other contestant scores: Tilford (11), Collison (7), Anderson (7), M. Williams (8), Clark (11), Prince (10), Smith (7), Rush (12), Gee (9), Echefu (9), Carter (9).
In the dunk contest, Terrance Williams and Andre McGee wowed the crowd. Williams and McGee both advanced to Saturday night's finals, along with Chad Millard and Joey Shaw.
McGee totaled 76 points for his three dunks, and got 10's across the board on a reverse dunk he slammed home. Millard totaled 67 points, but it was the athletic Williams that stole the show.
"I had a real good time, and the fans seemed to enjoy it," McGee said.
Williams scored a dunk contest-high 80 points, recording perfect scores for the two dunks he made. The first, Williams slammed through after switching the ball from his right to left hand in mid air. On his final dunk, he left the crowd with a glimpse of his dunking ability, powerfully slamming one home right-handed, then hanging from the rim elbow-style.
"He's incredible," McGee said of his future teammate Williams. "He's a leaper and an athlete, anybody can see that. It's going to be fun throwing the lobs next year."
The dunk and three-point finals will be held at halftime of the 2005 adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic Saturday night.