There are buzzer beaters, and then there was the shot Jerrbryon Graves hit in Indianapolis (Indiana) Metro High's 64-61 victory against Shawe (Indiana) Memorial High on Saturday night.
As you can see above, Graves didn't just earn his team the Martinsville Regional title, he won it with serious pizazz, drilling a desperation heave of a three at the buzzer from no less than 60 feet.
While the shot was impressive, Graves' confidence in hitting it was the real headline.
"I knew it was going in when I threw it," Graves told the Indianapolis Star. "I knew it."
He was right, but there was good reason why Graves was so familiar with the feeling of hitting such a huge shot: He throws up attempts from that distance each day in practice.
Amazingly, according to the Star, he's hit buzzer beaters from that distance before, in one case more than once in the same game! As a sophomore, the now-senior talisman hit three buzzer beaters in a single matchup. For one player to even get three buzzer-beating attempts in a game is a minor statistical anomaly; to hit them all is beyond sublime.
"Yeah, [the Shawe Memorial buzzer beater] was big, but it's nothing new to me," Graves told the Star.
The buzzer beater capped a near-miraculous comeback by Metro, which trailed by 10 or more points throughout most of the Martinsville Regional final.
Given Graves' penchant for hitting preposterous shots, we wouldn't want to be in a tight game with Metro for the rest of the season. Memo to Metro's next opponent, Indiana semistate foe North Daviess (Indiana) High: put the game away early, and don't give Metro a sniff of a comeback.