The three-point winner for the men was no surprise. J.J. Redick took home top honors, scoring 17 in the first round and then bested Bracey Wright and Anthony Roberson with 19 points in the final. While Redick may be the best three-point shooter in his class, he was not the best shooter on the floor. That honor belonged to Shanna Zolman who scorched the nets with 22 points in the first round and 23 in the final to win the girls title. Wow.
This was the first year for the Two Ball competition. Like the NBA/WNBA version, one male player and one female player form a team and get points for hitting shots from certain spots. Future Tar Heels Sean May and LaTangela Atkinson formed one team, but the pair could not quite find their stroke and did not make it to the finals. Torin Francis was on fire in both rounds as he and Courtney LaVere (also going to Notre Dame) won rather easily.
The main event was the Slam Dunk contest. A D.J. provided background music for the dunkers and also helped get the crowd pumped up. Early crowd favorites appeared to be Amare Stoudamire and Evan Burns. Both Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants also participated. Felton went first and one thing is clearly obvious – Felton has some serious hops. He threw down a reverse dunk after a toss off the glass. Unfortunately he also missed a couple and didn't make it out of the first round.
McCants made it to the final round. He's another player with some serious ups. He barely missed a spectacular windmill dunk off a toss from Ingram. In the final round he took one step, elevated and threw down a windmill. Very nice.
Burns also missed a couple of dunks and didn't make it to the finals. There was some confusion whether he had another dunk or not and the crowd was in his favor as they chanted his name. But it wasn't to be. Everything was set up for Stoudamire to win, but he missed a couple in the final round opening the door for Carmelo Anthony to win the title.
Special props to Hassan Adams for his great dance moves. The crowd certainly loved it.
The celebrity judges for the Slam Dunk: Jerry Rice, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Howard Garfinkle, Jason Collins, Richard Jefferson, Theresa Weatherspoon, Eric Crouch and Sonny Ball.
Felton was in great spirits after the festivities. He said he was just "trying to be creative and have fun." He also confirmed that he will start summer school in Chapel Hill on June 23.