Monday, March 26, 2012 | 8:10 p.m.
Bishop Gorman High’s Shabazz Muhammad posted two perfect scores on his way to winning the slam dunk contest Monday at the Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago. The competition is a prelude to Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game.
Muhammad, who’s still considering offers from UNLV, Kansas, Duke, UCLA and USC, earned his first perfect score by jumping over a player in the paint and finishing a slam off the backboard. His second also involved a helping hand, as a teammate threw the ball off the side of the backboard and Muhammad finished it with authority.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 forward, beat out the rest of the nine-player field, including Findlay Prep’s Anthony Bennett, who finished third. After winning the contest, Muhammad told the ESPN2 audience he will announce his college decision on April 11, the first day of the spring signing period.
Muhammad will team up with Findlay Prep stars Bennett and Brandon Ashley on Wednesday as members of the West team in the annual McDonald’s All-American game. Ashley is already committed to Arizona, while Bennett, who’s considering UNLV, Kentucky and Florida among others, has said he expects to announce a decision in mid-April.