CARMEL, Ind. — Derrick Jones jumped over four teammates in his effort to win the slam dunk contest Wednesday at the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.
Rayjon Tucker went with his mom.
Tucker, from Northside Christian in Charlotte, N.C., brought his mother, Tuwanna McNeely-Tucker, onto the court to help with his final try. Tucker and Jones, from Archbishop Carroll in Philadelphia, were tied entering the final round with each having scored the maximum of 100 points in the first two rounds.
Mom, wearing a dress and high heels, dribbled the ball toward the hoop, delivered a bounce pass to Tucker, who went up behind her, caught the ball and slammed it through.
“I said, “Are you crazy,’” McNelly-Tucker said when recounting her son informing her the night before of his plan. “I don’t even play basketball, but I said, ‘For you, I’ll do it.’ All he did was tell me to go to the hole and throw it up in front of him. He said ‘I’ll go get it wherever you throw it.’
The result was a 47 out of 50. Jones’ dunk netted a 50 to win the event, but that won’t dampen the experience for Tucker and his mom.
“It’s a moment we’ll never forget,” she said.
That Tucker is a creative dunker should come as no surprise. After all, he is planning to attend Florida Gulf Coast in the fall — the vaunted “Dunk City.”
“I just thought it’ll be cool and more showmanship because I’ve never seen it before,” he said of using mom.