Elijah Weems is a rising junior at Marietta (Ga.) Walton High, one of the nation's many talented but largely overlooked teen hoops recruits. He was a sophomore contributor to a Walton that rolled deep into the 2012 Georgia state playoffs, yet remained overshadowed by other top Peach State prospects.
That anonymity might not last much longer after Weems hit the buzzer beater of the summer thus far to finish off a tournament-winning comeback in the 2012 Peach State Summer Showcase in Aiken, S.C. (yes, the "Peach State Summer Showcase" was actually held in South Carolina).
As you can see in the video from TheWolfpacker above, Weems collected a rebound of a missed free throw with just 1.5 seconds remaining, turned, took a single dribble and launched a desperate three-pointer. The ball slipped through the net, handing the Team Elite 16s AAU squad a stunning, 59-58 victory against the Upward Stars.
The only thing that might top Weems' shot itself is the reaction it elicited from Weems, his teammates and their emotional supporters. One of Weems' teammates immediately ripped off his jersey and began parading around the court with only a white undershirt. A woman ran on to the court and began frantically trying to hug any and all coaches she could get her hands on.
Throughout it all, the Upward Stars had to stand there and take in a stunning scene during which they'd anticipated receiving medals. Instead, they were on the receiving end of an unforgettable shot that may still go on to define the early stages of Weems' budding career.
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