Tennessee signee Alexa Middleton scored victories in both the 3-point shootout and the skills contest Monday night in conjunction with the McDonald’s All-American game. She was the first McDonald’s All-American ever to win multiple events.
“It was such a great atmosphere out there with all those people and some of my family members,” said Middleton, who averaged 18 points per game for Murfreesboro Riverdale High this season. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to pull off both, but it ended up being a lot of fun.”
Middleton dominated the skills competition, successfully executing every pass and making the all-important jump shot on her first try, completing the course in 27.9 seconds, well ahead of Duke signee Sierra Calhoun (34.2 seconds) and Notre Dame signee Brianna Turner (35.9 seconds).
Middleton captured the 3-point shootout over Recee’ Caldwell (UCLA) and Brooke McCarty (Texas). She made nine straight treys at one point. Middleton fell one point short of the boys’ winner, James Blackmon Jr.
The All-American game is Wednesday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.). Middleton and UT recruiting target A’ja Wilson will play for the East team. UT signee Jaime Nared will play for the West.