Arizona basketball fans received an early idea of what this year’s Red-Blue Game may look like when 2016 commits Rawle Alkins and Terrance Ferguson faced off in the BallIsLife All-American Game dunk contest.
It was Ferguson who came out on top, with an off-the-bounce, 360-one-hand slam.
“That was fun,” Alkins said. “It was basically Wildcat versus Wildcat. Ferg is a beast. Obviously he just flies. He has tremendous jumping ability.”
Ferguson’s Team Elite also got the best of Alkins and Team Future in the All-American Game. Ferguson, who sat out most of the game after his star-studded dunk contest, watched Alkins drop 20 points including a few highlight dunks and a halftime buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
“The game was pretty cool,” Alkins said. “It was all about fun. I thought it was going to be a lot more competitive, but it was fun to play in.”
Alkins said that he’ll be in Tucson this June and plans to be part of the team’s second session camp.
As for Ferguson, the Dallas native didn’t play much in the game itself but enjoyed hanging out with his soon-to-be teammates.
“Me and Rawle, we just like to bond with each other,” Ferguson said. “We have the chemistry right. “We’ve become closer [after this tournament].”
Ferguson has a few more weeks of school before his attention shifts fully to Arizona, but his mindset is already focused on one thing.
“I just want to win,” Ferguson said. “Win the Pac-12, get to the Final Four and win a national championship.”
Watch Ferguson and Alkins’ dunks below: