Dunk contest, 3-point shootout, skills competition, and live music? No this aint NBA All Star Weekend, its BYU Basketball. The Cougars are set to put on a show tonight as they kick off their season in style at Boom Shakalaka
Boom Shakalaka will feature BYU's sharp shooters, high flyers, and straight up ballers competing to prove who is the best of the best. The event will also feature live music from Can't Stop Won't Stop. If you aren't familiar with this hip hop duo with Provo roots, their Facebook page biography describes their music as "straight up party music for straight up party people." No wonder they are headlining an event at BYU right? In all seriousness, Can't Stop Won't Stop's blend of old school hip hop sound, funk, and a little new school style may be the hippest thing to hit BYU campus since we all learned how to Jimmer and is sure to have the Smith Fieldhouse hopping.
Here's a little taste of Can't Stop Won't Stop's sound:
Can't Stop Won't Stop - Up and Away (feat. June) (via CSWSMusic)
Up, Up, and Away is exactly where Frank Bartley IV, Kyle Collinsworth, Josh Sharp, and Eric Mika will go as they attempt to electrify a judging panel that includes former Cougars, Mike Hall, Travis Hansen, and Noah Hartsock, Studio C's Jason Gray, and Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell in the Dunk Contest.
For what its worth, I'd put my money on freshman Eric Mika.
Mika Slam Dunk Contest #2 "City of Palms" (via RockClimber5566)
Word on the streets is Tyler Haws wasn't too happy he was excluded from the Dunk Contest, but Haws will get to showcase his dribbling, passing, and shooting skills along with Matt Carlino, Anson Winder, and Luke Worthington as they compete in the Skills challenge obstacle course.
Boom Shakalaka begins at 7pm MT in the Smith Fieldhouse and admission is free. If you can't make it to the fieldhouse, sit back, relax, and grab yourself a beverage in the comfort of your own home because BYUtv will be broadcasting it live with Dave McCann and Blaine Fowler on the call. Given the event name's roots in the NBA Jam video game franchise, count me among those who will be disappointed if we don't hear a few "he's heating up" or "he's on fire." The only thing that could make this event better would be if they could have Mr. "Boom Shakalaka" himself, Tim Kitzrow, do the PA announcing.
Tell us what you think below. Do you like the Boom Shakalaka concept? Will you attend? and Who do you predict will win each competition?