It has been a tremendous year for high school basketball in Nevada. This week the State Finals take place in Reno. While it may be the conclusion of the regular season, it’s not the end of the postseason. For the first time, in state history, several of Nevada’s top seniors will be on the floor together as participants in the Ball Dawgs All-Star Game. The event, the brainchild of Ball Dawgs CEO Neal Carter, includes a 3 point shootout and a dunk contest. The evening concludes with the Senior Showcase Game, featuring 25 of the top players in the state, and two fan favorites. The fan favorites were selected in two separate twitter polls, the 2nd featuring the four finalists for the Prep- Hoops High Academic Awards, you can vote for your choice here. Ball Dawgs is one of the premier sports video companies in Las Vegas and has made its name by capturing players at their finest moments. In this article, PH takes a look at some of the human highlights participating in the Ball Dawgs All-Star Dunk Contest.
Mwani Wilkinson 6’6 SF Bishop Gorman (#3) (featured image) – Mwani Wilkinson is playing in the All-Star Game! That alone is worth the price of admission. Add in the fact that he’s also participating in the Dunk Contest and I’m good. Wilkinson is arguably the most elite run and jump athlete in high school basketball. He has unnecessary bounce and has spent the season putting together a highlight reel of dunks and blocks, here are some of his best, enjoy!
Martell Williams 6’2 SG Silverado (#8) – If basketball doesn’t work out, Williams could probably make good money on the gridiron. A physical specimen, Williams has an array of dunks that he likes to perform. An explosive leaper with good hang time and powerful finishes he is one of the favorites in the event.
Larry Holmes 6’2 SG Arbor View (#11) – Holmes played on the PrepHoops hustle region circuit last summer, so I have had the fortune of watching him in a dunk contest before. Explosive two-foot leaper with some tricks up his sleeve.
John Jenkins 6’7 American Prep (#58) – Jenkins has the aerodynamic look. He is a long athletic specimen that can throw down some impressive in-game dunks. He’s one of the tallest participants in the event, so he’ll have to bring a lot of agility and creativity to his dunks.
Dominique Ford 6’2 SG Desert Oasis (#7) – I want to see what Dom Ford’s got. One of the more explosive scorers in the state, you forget the fact that he is also a big-time run and jump athlete.
Felix Reeves 6’4 SG Coronado (#10) – Reeves is one of the top in-game dunkers on the west coast. He gets off the ground quickly and can take flight at a moment’s notice. When he gets out in transition it could be a Tip Jam or a Lob like this one.
Jason Hand 6’4 SECTA (#87) – I’ll say this about Jason Hand, he’s not scared to try. An acrobatic player that recklessly attacks the rim during the season. Hand’s in-game attempts look so spectacular because of all the bodies in the way, now let’s see what he’s got when it’s just him vs the rim.
Ray Daniels 6’6 Somerset Losee (#19) – People have been sleeping on Daniels all season, I have a feeling this contest just might wake them up. Long, agile athlete, Daniels has that easy bounce that includes long strides and floats through the air. Nasty in-game dunker with the perfect charisma for a contest.
Meshack Hawkins 6’0 Chaparral (#39) – Hawk is definitely one of the sleepers. With his size, power and his explosiveness, Hawkins has a great chance to put the building in his hands.