More than the McDonald's All-American games themselves, the Powerade Jam Fest allows players to show even more of their personalities, and, even skills, to the fans.
The players tend to be much more loose. They dance, embrace, unite and, of course, dunk.
This video, courtesy of the McDonald's media team, shows a little bit of everything and highlights the camaraderie, the fun and certainly the winners from Monday's event at the University of Chicago.
For the boys, Grayson Allen
, a 6-foot-4 guard from Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
, was the surprise winner of the slam dunk contest, beating out Theo Pinson
, a 6-6 guard from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
headed to North Carolina and Kelly Oubre
, a 6-6 guard from Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
signed to Kansas, in the finals. See slideshow of dunk contest
The boys 3-point winner was won by Indiana-bound James Blackmon
of Marion (Ind.)
and the skills winner was Tyus Jones
, a 6-1 guard from Apple Valley (Minn.)
. He's another Duke signee.
Among the girls, Alexa Middleton
, a 5-8 guard from Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
totally stole the show and won both the skills and 3-point contests.
Middleton, who is headed for
Tennessee, seemed to have Blackmon beat in a head-to-head 3-point contest. She racked up 20 points among the first four racks but missed four straight shots on the final rack to lose 21-20. Still Middleton performed with such flair and excellence, she was a big fan favorite.