Oklahoma basketball: The story behind James Fraschilla's trick shot videos

by Ryan Aber Published: January 21, 2014

In the video, Knight's Sugar Bowl performance is highlighted before he throws a football from one baseline into the opposite basket at Lloyd Noble Center. He also hits one from the concourse of the gym.

The clip was shot early last week after Knight returned to Norman following the break.

“I'm hoping Trevor's newfound fame — people knew him before but after that Sugar Bowl performance, I'm hoping that it helps this blow up,” Fraschilla said.

Sometimes the takes are quick.

The Knight shots — Connor also hit a shot from the concourse — took about 30 minutes.

Landry Jones' appearance last year took even less. Jones threw a football from one free-throw line into the basket on the other end of the practice gym after just a few throws.

“We did it at halftime of a women's game because he was here watching Whitney (Hand, Jones' wife),” Fraschilla said “He hit the shot in two or three minutes. He was hitting the rim and the backboard every time so he kind of knew what he was doing.”

Sometimes the shots take a lot longer.

It took Fraschilla's old roommate, Sooners backup kicker Eric Hosek, quite a bit of time to kick a football through the net in the second video. So did a shot in the first video where Fraschilla hits a shot from behind while sitting in a golf cart.

Last week, he tried a shot off the football stadium that had to be scrapped.

He gets ideas from Singler and the Gonzaga players who do similar videos.

“It's mostly spontaneous,” Fraschilla said. “I'll pick other guys' brains if they have any ideas and we'll kind of see what I can do. We've just got to kind of get creative after a while.”

Perhaps the toughest shot in the latest video involves Fraschilla throwing one ball over his head near the 3-point line and using another ball to knock the first through the net.

Fraschilla might be happiest with Bilas' contribution.

“I texted him a couple weeks ago before he called out game and he thought it sounded like a good idea,” Fraschilla said. “He's hilarious. He's a really funny guy so I kind of gave him an idea of what to say but he kind of just did the Jay Bilas thing and was hilarious.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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