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#63 - 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game - Powerade Jam Fest

9450 went to Houston, Texas for the nation’s marquee high school basketball event, the McDonald’s All-American Games. Day One was the Powerade Jam Fest hosted at the Delmar Athletic Complex near downtown Houston. We saw the top high school players compete in knockout, three-point contests, and it was topped off with an electric dunk contest.

The girls three-point contest featured Tessa Johnson, Emma Risch and was won by Virginia commit Kymora Johnson who shot lights out during her session. The boys 3-point contest featured Ja’Kobe Walter, Andrej Stojakovic (son of NBA great Peja Stojakovic), Reed Shepard and was won by Duke commit Jared McCain who put up 27 points on his own display of elite shooting talent.

Now to the dunk contest that featured Elmarko Jackson, Mookie Cook, Stephon Castle, Ron Holland II, Matas Buzelis, Omaha Biliew, Jeremy Fears Jr., Sean Stewart, and Bronny James (the son of current NBA great Lebron James).

With stand out dunks such as Matas’ self-alley-oop off the bounce through his legs and throwing down a mean one-handed jam; it was an exciting dunk contest to say the least. Another stand out dunk was when Elmarko Jackson dunked over Ronald McDonald and a young fan in a wheelchair, garnering a perfect 70 score. Lastly, Sean Stewart completed an amazing windmill dunk over 6’8” Mackenzie Mgbako, who is also a commit to Duke like Stewart.

Bronny James did well in his first dunk attempt, exciting the crowd with a two hand reverse jam off a self-lob. His next dunk was a bit tougher with three missed attempts at first but he recovered with a self-lob windmill to advance to the finals.

Sean Stewart and Bronny James faced off in the final round and the fans got a show. Bronny brought out his younger brother Bryce James to dunk over him, no small feat considering Bryce is 6’5”. Sean Stewart won the finals battle with a difficult and impressive 360° windmill dunk. You can check out more from the event on our Instagram page @9450global.

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