UCONN Women’s Basketball Commit Olivia Nelson-Ododa Scores Big at 2018 Powerade Jam Fest


All eyes were on Olivia Nelson-Ododa at the 2018 Powerade Jam Fest in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday night. During the slam dunk contest, the 6-foot-4 high school senior from Winder, Georgia ferociously dribbled down the court and managed to complete a jaw-dropping one-handed slam.

Nelson-Ododa’s slam dunk move in the first round earned her a perfect score of 100 points from the judges. The student-athlete, who has committed to continuing her basketball career at the University of Connecticut, was one of eight participants and the only female to participate in the event.

In the second round, the UCONN recruit’s dunk efforts resulted in a score of 88. Nelson-Ododa was then able to go onto the final bout against Duke recruit Zion Williamson and Kansas recruit Quentin Grimes. The final round of the contest was won by Williamson.

The Connecticut signee’s work in the Powerade Jam Fest garnered numerous comparisons to WNBA player Candace Parker’s stellar performance 14 years ago in the event. Parker is currently the only female to ever win the slam dunk contest.

Nelson-Ododa’s athletic career has consisted of many high achievements and recognition. She is currently ranked No. 5 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings list and has been described as an athlete with superior mobility, length, and wingspan.

Nelson-Ododa will be back on the court on Wednesday, March 28th, to compete in the McDonald's All American Games (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Be sure to tune in.

SWEATLEBRITY REPORTER | Olivia Hancock is is currently a junior at Georgia State University. The 19-year-old has loved writing ever since she can remember and her passion for it has allowed her to hold the title of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Teen Reporter for five consecutive terms. In addition, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with Her Campus, Aeropostale and Nordstrom as an ambassador. Her writing has been published on xoNecole, 21 Ninety, Her Campus, One MusicFest, and The Life Currency. In the future, Olivia plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and pursue a professional career as a writer at a lifestyle publication.