By Brad Spencer
While he wasn’t exactly known for doing many jaw-dropping slam dunks when he graced the hardwood at OPRF High School — we’d say Gabe Levin owns that distinction nowadays — it appears Iman Shumpert will take to the air in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest during the NBA’s All-Star weekend.
Shumpert, who graduated from OPRF in 2008, will compete in the event on Feb. 25 on TNT (7 p.m. Central). He’s reportedly sought out the help of Knicks teammate Jeremy Lin to assist in his performance.
Lin has been riding a massive popularity wave lately. The Harvard grad scorched the Lakers for 38 points and scored 23 while dishing out 10 assists against the Wizards. His recent surge has cut down on Shumpert’s time on the court, but the rookie has seemed to embrace it for the good of the team.
Shumpert is averaging 10 points per game for the Knicks.
This year’s Slam Dunk contest will feature four first-time participants, and the winner will be chosen solely by fans via Twitter.