We all have moments from our high school days that have left some scars. Maybe you were embarrassed by the school bully, stood up on a date at Prom, or nowadays, had an embarrassing video posted on Instagram or Snapchat. Andrew Wiggins has one of those memories embedded deep in his memory, and its why you won’t be seeing him challenge teammate Zach LaVine in the Dunk Contest this year, or any future year.
“My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald’s [All-]American Game, so I really don’t do … dunks anymore,” Wiggins said during an interview with ESPN.com. “I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don’t really do it anymore.
What makes this year different is the All-Star Game is in Toronto, Wiggins’ hometown, and wouldn’t it be a great story if Wiggins won the Dunk Contest down the road from where he grew up? For Wiggins, what happened in high school stays there, apparently.
The dunk contest Wiggins is referring to is the one from the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game, which featured the likes of Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Wiggins. All four now play in the NBA, but the winner, Chris Walker, now plays in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
I guess there is some truth to the notion of peaking in high school…