Here are a couple of college players with in-state connections who know a thing or two about half-court shots:
On Dec. 6, 1980, Oklahoma State trailed Louisville by a point with four seconds left. After Louisville missed a free throw, Hannon grabbed the rebound and dribbled up the middle of the court. Just before the midcourt line, he fired a shot that swished through and gave OSU a 74-73 victory.
He became known as Half-Court Hannon.
Hannon was from Indianapolis and is back there, coaching high school and running ELH Sports, a youth program.
“We used to mess around (and practice half-court shots), me and Leroy Combs and Ricky Jacobs. Used to mess around before practice, never thinking it would actually happen.
“The only one that grabbed me was Leroy. I had my family there and everything. It happened so fast, everybody was like stunned and shocked, all at the same time.
“It did a lot for the school and the basketball program. I think it gave the school a big lift.
“There were guys from Indianapolis playing on Louisville's team. That was just a thrill then because I had bragging rights in the summer time.
“(The nickname) stuck from then on. To this day. I went back to OSU a couple of years ago, played Texas, and as soon as I walked through the door, same thing. I don't think it'll ever leave.”
The junior walk-on at Oklahoma is known best for his trick-shot videos, which have included plenty of half-court makes.
“Outside of luck, it's kind of just repetition and muscle memory. Eventually, you'll figure out how to shoot it so your elbow's going straight at the rim and the ball's going straight. Once you get the direction on it, you work on distance.
“Arch has a lot to do with it. The higher arch you shoot, the better chance it has of going in.”
“Growing up in a gym my whole life, I'm sure I've hit quite a few just messing around in the gym. If you're in the gym long enough, you're eventually going to hit some crazy shots. I've never hit one in a school game or an AAU game, but in pickup games, I'm sure I've hit a couple.”