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Jabari Parker competes in McDonalds All-American Dunk Contest (+video)

Published: Tuesday, April 2 2013 8:40 a.m. MDT

Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker, a Mormon, smiles as he puts on a Duke University cap after announcing he will be attending Duke during a news conference at his high school on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press) Simeon Career Academy's Jabari Parker, a Mormon, smiles as he puts on a Duke University cap after announcing he will be attending Duke during a news conference at his high school on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)

High school superstar and future Duke forward Jabari Parker placed third in the McDonald's All-American Games' Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago on Monday.

Parker entered the dunk contest even though he didn't think he would take home the title held previously by players such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Blake Griffin.

"They needed contestants, so I put my name out there," Parker told the Chicago Tribune Monday morning. "Everyone was too shy. I know I'm not going to win."

Parker placed third out of five, and Florida recruit Chris Walker won the contest.

The dunk contest was held to kick off the McDonald's All-American Game featuring Parker and some of the top high school players in the country, which will be played on April 3.

Ryan Carreon is a Web editor for DeseretNews.com. E-mail him at rcarreon@desnews.com

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