ATLANTA — Anticipation slowly intensified inside Forbes Arena at Morehouse College. The McDonald’s All-American slam dunk contest was the main event to end the night and it didn’t disappoint, thanks to Zion Williamson and Olivia Nelson-Ododa.
With cameras flickering and videos recording each of his dunks, Williamson dazzled the crowd and justified every one of his highlight-reel dunk videos that circulate around internet.
The Duke-bound Williamson did a between-the-legs-off-the-backboard dunk and completed a 180 off the bounce that nobody else could compete with in the contest. Williamson won the slam dunk contest with a high score of 190.
It was apparent early that the battle was for second place.
Nelson-Ododa was the only woman in the competition. She had two nice one-handed slams, much to the Atlanta crowd’s delight. All of the players on the court celebrated the Connecticut-bound player’s first dunk.
Keldon Johnson delivered a nice 360 windmill dunk. The future Kentucky player arguably executed the best dunk for a player not named Zion Williamson.
Kansas signee Quentin Grimes advanced to the finals with Williamson. Grimes did a between-the-legs off-the-bounce dunk that surprised the crowd. He received a 97 for the dunk.
The players will now shift their focus to the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night.