Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Derrick Jones Wins Dunk Contest at Under Armour Elite 24
By JACK LeGWIN
Practice? Who needs practice?
Not Allen Iverson and apparently not Derrick Jones, either.
Despite missing the first two days of practice for the Under Armour Elite 24 Game, the 6-foot-7 Jones out of Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll won the Dunk Contest Friday night in Brooklyn, beating out Josh Jackson in the final round with a perfect score.
Here’s the link to the Instagram.
In the semifinals, Jones picked up a perfect score by jumping over Stephen Zimmerman (7-foot) and Harry Giles (6-10), and then finished it off with a baseline, between-the-legs slam with his dominant left hand, earning him once again another perfect score.
The favorite for the event, Kwe Parker, missed his infamous 360 scoop multiple times in the semifinals, and didn’t finish a dunk, causing him to miss out on advancing.
Ranked No. 30 in the class of 2015 by 247 Sports, Jones cut his final list of schools down to nine recently, listing Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Kansas, UConn, UNC, UNLV, Louisville and Kentucky.
He has a home visit with UConn Sept. 10.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.