, the 6-foot-4 guard from Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
, was sort of an afterthought in the McDonald's All-American slam dunk contest, which was the premier portion of the Powerade Jam Fest at the University of Chicago on Monday.
Allen is going to Duke. He's a shooter. He looked fantastic in the 3-point contest, where he took second to Indiana-bound
of Marion (Ind.)
But to the surprise of some, he began jumping over people. Teammates, rap stars and finally over future Duke teammate and Chicago native Jahlil Okafor
, a 6-10 post from nearby Whitney Young (Chicago)
. To commemorate the dunk, Allen even put on a Duke jersey. See video of dunk contest and rest of the skills contest
That brought the house down and brought Allen the title before a national television audience.
He beat 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.)
headed to Kansas, in the finals.
The four teams — West and East for boys and girls — will practice Tuesday before facing off in the games Wednesday at the United Center. Allen and Okafor play for the West squad. Tyus Jones
, a 6-1 guard from Apple Valley (Minn.)
and another Duke signee, won the skills competition. Among the girls, Alexa Middleton
, a 5-8 guard from Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
, won both the skills and 3-point contests. Middletown, who is headed for Tennessee, lost to Blackmon in a head-to-head 3-point contest 21-20. Middleton just had to make one shot on the final rack, but missed four straight.
Here are some photos of the dunk contest taken by MaxPreps photographer John Rowland.