Representatives within the WIAA and with the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association didn’t rule out the possibility of a dunk contest at state.
TACOMA – Some of the state’s best will contend for a championship Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.
But it’s time to invite the rest back – for a dunk contest.
“That would be sweet,” Gonzaga Prep junior Anton Watson said. “I don’t think I’d win it.”
Logistically, Anton likely couldn’t compete. If the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association did consider adding the event to state, it would probably be mixed into the championship-day festivities.
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Anton, a 6-foot-7 Gonzaga commit, will play for the Class 4A crown on Saturday night.
But roaming the sideline of Friday’s semifinal games were Wichita State commit Erik Stevenson (Timberline), Washington State commit C.J. Elleby (Cleveland) and UConn commit Emmitt Matthews Jr. (Wilson), to name a few with artistry and power in jamming the ball through the hoop. After playing a morning consolation game, why not have some fun during the evening games?
“I’ve heard coaches talk about it at the all-star events,” said Stevenson of the offseason games pitting eastern Washington versus western, Oregon versus Washington or Tacoma versus Seattle. “It would be fun to do one. I would do it and a three-point contest.”
Representatives within the WIAA and with the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association didn’t rule out the possibility of a dunk contest at state. But those questioned also hadn’t previously thought of adding any thrills beyond the games – filled with dunks.
“It’s a good idea,” said Metro League president Pat McCarthy. “Something worth talking about, for sure.”