With a 360-degree spin directly under the basket, Iman Shumpert sent his fellow Jordan Brand All-Americans off their seats, and a trophy into the arms of the 6'4" guard. The Georgia Tech-bound guard's dunk in the championship round of the Boost Mobile JamFest Slam Dunk Competition on Thursday night drew a perfect score of 40 from the judges, which included rappers Jadakiss, Styles P & Tiffany Evans
Shumpert joined fellow All-Americans B.J. Mullens, Brandon Jennings, Devin Ebanks and Drew Gordon in the dunk competition on Thursday evening held on the campus of Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
It was a New York rivalry game on the biggest possible stage. While it wasn't the featured event of the evening, the Jordan Brand All-American Classic was, it was the regional version. The best players from the city and the suburbs were divided into two different colored Jordan Brand uniforms at Madison Square Garden. While the Casual hoops fan might perceive a regional all-star game on the undercard of national contests as a tool to fill seats, but you'd have to be kidding to think the game would be less competitive than the "All-American" contest. In fact, they are probably tougher.
Saturday night, as Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and the like prepared for their Jordan Classic, New York City and Suburban prep stars like Erving Walker, Ryan Pearson, Mookie Jones, Marcus Morris and Kevin Jones clawed hard on the Garden hardwood in front of a crowd that was still only getting to their seats. The gathering audience seemed more interested in the title game than the local opening act, luckily for the Regional kids Michael Jordan waited until after the their game was over to make his appearance and steal the audience's attention.
Evans defeated Jennings in a national AAU 14-and-under tournament when they were eighth-graders. Last month, Evans was the MVP in the McDonald's All-American Game in Milwaukee at the expense of Jennings' West team. Saturday, though the teams were named Home and Away, all the West Coast players were on the Away team.