Magic Johnson or Shaquille O'Neal may never have pulled this one off; but last night at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., 21-year-old junior college cheerleader, Ashlee Arnau, made an amazing half-court shot while also successfully navigating an Olympic style front-flip.
The shot took place during halftime at last night’s William Carey’s men's basketball game, according to ESPN.
Ashlee ran toward the basketball while it sat on the floor at midcourt, negotiated her front-flip, grabbed the ball while she was upside down, “… then launched it toward the basket while her legs swung forward.”
The college cheerleading sensation, who also plays soccer and runs track for William Carey, said she really didn’t practice at all for the shot.
According to Ashlee, she fashioned her front-flip shot after the front-flip throw-in that soccer players execute.
Last night wasn’t the first time she attempted that half-court maneuver though. Ashlee’s been playing with that shot all season during the basketball halftimes, usually giving it about four or five attempts per halftime.
And at halftime on Feb. 21, Ashlee sank the shot from midcourt on her fifth try, making this season’s final home game of the season just a bit more special.
"Everyone was going crazy," said Arnau, a junior from Hattiesburg who said she is studying to be a nurse.
"They were cheering my name."
Watch the video accompanying this article to see Ashlee Arnau make that spectacular front-flip half-court basket.