Gorman’s Muhammad wins national high school dunk contest

Bishop Gorman High School’s Shabazz Muhammad, leaping over fellow McDonald’s All-American Marcus Paige of Marion, Iowa, won the dunk contest at the Powerade Jam Fest on Monday in Chicago, scoring a perfect 70 on a pair of slams in the final round.

Muhammad, who was narrowed his potential college choices to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Southern California, UCLA and UNLV, caught Paige’s pass off the backboard and soared over him in the middle of the key on his first dunk. Muhammad’s second score of 70 came when a teammate threw the ball against the side of the backboard, and Muhammad grabbed the carom and threw it down.

The 6-foot-6-inch forward told ESPN2 after the competition, held at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Athletic Center, that he would announce his college choice on April 11, the first day of the spring signing period.

Muhammad will be joined by Findlay Prep’s Brandon Ashley and Anthony Bennett on the West team in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday. Bennett finished third in the dunk contest.


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