A Ball State freshman’s half court shot sails true, earning the teen a free semester of tuition, reports MSN Now on Aug 19.
Basketball players frequently are down to the buzzer, contemplating that last shot that could win the game. The stakes were little higher for 18-year-old incoming Ball State freshman Markus Burden – his spring tuition was on the line.
Indiana school Ball State has been running the contest for several years, but Burden was the first to claim the prize, valued at $11,000.
The Frankfort, Ill. teen admittedly was not a basketball player in high school, but his final lunge earned him nothing but net. Burden, chosen randomly, had four attempts at making the hoop.
According to the Indy Star, the crowd erupted after Burden sunk his improbable shot. Mascot Charlie Cardinal celebrated as Burden ran a triumphant victory lap down the court.
“It was an overwhelming feeling,” the 18-year-old said.
Burden said the free tuition is an enormous help to his mom, who at first didn’t believe her son made the shot. After a friend sent her a picture of Markus making the shot, she was a believer.
“It just gives us a lot of breathing room right now,” Burden said