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Muhammad wins dunk contest at McDonald’s All American Games

The senior forward from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) is already considered by many recruiting experts to be the top player at the McDonalds Games, but Muhammad is not about to settle.

Muhammad defeated Archie Goodwin of Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.) 140-138 with two dunks for perfect scores in the final round of the dunk contest Monday at the University of Chicago. The actual All American Games are Wednesday night at the United Center.

“I felt really honored to come out here and show my skills off to everybody,” Muhammad said. “I just think working out with my personal trainer, always doing squats every day and really working on my legs is paying off for me.”

On the first slam, he took a rebound off the backboard before jumping over Marcus Paige of Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) for the slam. On the second, he took another pass from Paige, off the side of the backboard before thundering a windmill toss down.

Muhammad, who has said he plans to announce his choice of college on April 11, was almost outdone by girls player Breanna Stewart. The 6-3 Stewart helped Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) win the New York Federation AA title on Sunday, then took an early morning flight on Monday to make a McDonald’s morning practice in Chicago.

Despite the lack of rest, she managed a perfect score on a dunk to reach the final, only to fail to dunk in the final.

The girls did get the upper hand in the skills challenge, as Jordan Jones of DeSoto, Texas, finished in less time than boys winner Tyler Lewis of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

The three-point challenge was won with 18 points by Rasheed Sulaimon of Strake Jesuit (Houston) while Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook, Ill., was the girls winner with a score of 17.

“Leading up to this week, I tried to simulate the (three-point contest) as best I could, by shooting from five spots,” Sulaimon said.

Tuck said any nerves she had about being a hometown favorite went away quickly.

“I was a little nervous because all my friends and family were watching on TV (ESPN2) if they were not here, but I guess after I took my first shot, the nerves went away.”

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