MaxPreps Holiday ClassicIt's six days until the 11th annual
in Palm Springs Dec. 26-30 and today we celebrate six finalist who will appear in the Slam Dunk contest
Whom those high fliers will be is anyone's guess — outside of one anyway — as 41 dunkers will participate in a dunk-a-thon on Saturday, Dec. 28 at beautiful Rancho Mirage (Calif.)
All 41 will gather in lay-up lines and strut their stuff at once for all to gander and gawk. Each of the five judges will pick their favorite.
That quintet will join defending champion, 5-foot-8 senior Ryan Lough
, of King (Riverside)
in a conventional style dunk finals. A 3-point contest will also compliment the dunk contest on Saturday night.
Lough was anything but conventional last year, showing up at the last minute and bringing the house down Palm Desert High School with a 360 slam on his first attempt.
The unassuming, soft-spoken guard thrilled the crowd of more than 2,000 fans who groaned and cheered at his every attempt. SEE STORY
This season at brand spanking new Rancho Mirage,
even more spectators are expected to cram in the state-of-the-art gym and roar their approval. Those who aren't in the area, can watch the Invitational Division semifinals followed by the slam dunk and 3-point contests all via a live stream on the MaxPreps home page powered by the NFHS Network
"I think this dunk contest format is the first of its kind," said MaxPreps host,
tournament coordinator and slam dunk MC Chris Stonebraker. "Last year
was amazing. You could feel the energy in the gym. But this year
should really be off the charts."
The dunk and 3-point contests should prove as icing on the flavorful and robust 120-team boys and girls tournament that features 11
divisions at multiple venues. It will include international teams from
Australia and Canada for the first time joining top recruits from across
the United States.See tournament overview from MaxPreps national basketball editor Jason Hickman12 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic11 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic10 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic 9 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic8 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic7 days 'til MaxPreps Holiday Classic