UK commits Johnson and Quickley participate in Powerade Jam Fest


Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari smiles during the Wildcats game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on January 21, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

UK basketball will open up its 2018-2019 against Duke in November, but eight months before that matchup, future UK and Duke players battled it out in the Powerade Jam Fest on Monday night leading up to the McDonald’s All American game.

UK was represented by Immanuel Quickley in the three-point shootout and Keldon Johnson in the dunk contest. The evening kicked off with the three-point contest, with Quickley tying for first place with Duke-signee Cam Reddish.

Quickley made 14 of 25 threes to tie Reddish atop the leaderboard with 17 points.

In the dunk contest, Johnson had a strong second round dunk, but he ended up missing the final round by placing fifth with 167 points.

Johnson missed all four of his dunk attempts in the first round, giving him a default score of 70 out of 100. In the second round, Johnson received a score of 97, which was the second highest score of the round behind Duke-commit Zion Williamson.

Williamson ended up winning the whole thing in the final round over Kansas-signee Quentin Grimes and UConn-signee Olivia Nelson-Ododa.

The high school players will participate in a scrimmage on Tuesday before playing in the big game on Wednesday. Tipoff for the men’s game is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will air on ESPN2.