2019 McDonald’s High School All-American Powerade JamFest
The McDonald’s High School All-American games have been a personal favorite of mine on TV since I can remember. Being able to attend the events live, brought my love of the game to an entirely new level.
Last night, I had the luxury of attending the 2019 Powerade Jamfest hosted just north of Atlanta at Wheeler High School. The JamFest includes a Legends and Stars Shootout Challenge, Boys and Girls 3-point competitions and of course, The Dunk Contest.
Participating NBA and WBNA legends included, Diamond DeShields, Greg Oden, Tony Delk, Dale Ellis, and Theo Ratliff. These players teamed up with young men and women from each team in a layup, free throw, 3 point, and half court shot. Team DeShields took home the victory with high schoolers, Samantha Brunelle, and Tyrese Maxey.
For the 3 Point competition, Samantha Brunelle lit up the first round with a score of 21 and ended up winning it all for the girls. For the boys, Cole Anthony showed up and showed out cleaning up on his money ball rack to take home the victory.
The highlight of the night without question was the dunk contest. With some the nations high flyers in contention, no one was more ready than 6’1 Fran Belibi, the young lady featured on ESPN for her ability to get above the rim. The first round consisted of some creative dunks from Scottie Lewis, Precious Achiuwa, but no one had the crowds favor like Belibi. With Lewis and Achiuwa both making it to the finals along with Belibi, it was her dunk over her seated teammate that ultimately secured her the victory and stamped her as the 2019 McDonald’s High School All-American Dunk Champion!
In all, the night was more than fun for me as a fan. I was able witness history in the making with my 13-year old son, who hopes he too can be on that All-American team in the near future…