There must be something in the water up in Oregon this basketball season. The state's largest university is playing on a trippy court, the second-largest NCAA school is still coached by the president's brother-in-law, and high schoolers are ripping down backboards and throwing down "Monster Dunks" like nobody's business.
If that wasn't enough, apparently Oregon teens are also now hitting shots from midcourt as if they were mere 15-foot jumpers, as the following video attests.
The player with the pretty mid-court jump-shot form is Dayton (Ore.) High junior A.J. Hedgecock, whose deep three at the halftime buzzer accounted for three of his 12 points in this game against Horizon Christian (Ore.) Academy. The shot was good enough to pull Dayton into a tie heading into the break, but it wasn't enough for them to keep pace in the second half, when Horizon used a more balanced attack to pull away for a 51-46 victory.
Of course, that result was hardly as memorable as Hedgecock's nonchalant bucket, even if it wasn't enough to help the Pirates avenge their Class 3A state title game loss to Horizon last spring. If the two teams progress as they did last year again in 2011, Hedgecock and his teammates might just get another shot at their conference foes in the state tournament, though it sure would seem hard for Hedgecock to pull off another of those mid-courters. Or would it?