Breakdown from the Bench had the privilege to cover the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Competition last night, as the event kicked off the basketball festivities in Minneapolis. The competitions were a big hit for visitors and locals alike, with highlights throughout the night from athletes around the country.
Applebees Team Shootout – Hot Shot Competition
The night got started with the Hot Shot Competition as Presley Hudson of Central Michigan hit the half court shot for her team. UCF’s BJ Taylor (who scored 15 points in the Golden Knight’s near upset of Duke) joined forces with Texas’s Danni Williams, and Missouri State’s Josh Webster to win the event. Webster cashed a halfcourt shot just a few second before the buzzer to claim the vicotry for his squad.
State Farm Men’s and Rocket Mortgage Women’s Three-Point Shootout
The men’s three-point competition started off with a bang, as Clayton Custer of the Loyola-Chicago team that went to the Final Four last year went up against the NCAA’s leader in made threes, Fletcher Magee. Both advanced to the next round, as Magee cashed 20 points while Custer put in 17. Corey Davis Jr (21 points) of this year’s talented Houston Team and Taylor (16 points) also advanced.
Magee and Davis Jr. cooled off in the next round, but Taylor and Custer continued to hit on all cylinders, with Taylor scoring 20 points and Custer right behind him with 19.
That set up a final matchup between the UCF and Loyola-Chicago seniors, with Custer duplicating his round two performance with 19 points, going on to represent the men in the three-point shootout championship.
Darby Maggard of Belmont took the first round of the women’s competition by storm, coming out of the gates red hot and racking up 22 points. Presley Hudson of Central Michigan (19 points), Maci Morris of Kentucky (17 points), and Kiara Leslie (16 points) of NC State also all moved on to the second round.
Hudson showed her prowess to heat up in the second round, canning the first 14 shots and coming up with an 23 points. The Central Michigan product got the crowd going as well as some of the other athletes in attendance, and was joined by Maggard (18 points) in the championship round.
Hudson proved that she could get it done at the end of the round, igniting the crowd once again to take down Maggard, splashing a majority of her shots to put up 23 points.
Hudson wasn’t done there, scoring an enormous 25 to beat Clayton Custer (15) in the Reese’s Puffs Battle of Champions. Hudson cashed an incredible 77 of the 100 shots she took over her four rounds, winning the three-point contest. It was the fifth time in the past six years that the women’s champion had claimed the overall title as well.
Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship
The first round of the dunk contest featured some more creative dunks, as well as an subpar effort by Wisconsin forward Khalil Iverson, who was got an earful of boos. Other highlights from the initial set of jams included a Jordan Davis hammer with some assistance from Josh Perkins, a Jamal Gregory between-the-legs dunk, and an original jam by 5’9 Marlain Veal. Veal, Gregory, Davis, Roderick Howell (North Greenville), and Daquan Jeffries (Tulane) all moved on to the semifinal round.
The second round belonged to Jeffries, drawing some ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd with a high-flying reverse jam. Jeffers and Davis of Northern Colorado both advanced to the final round.
Jeffries took home the belt in the final round, as his windmill jam off the side of the backboard capped the night and garnered a 45.4 compared to Davis’ 43.7.