It's the kind of play that happens less than once in a blue moon in top competitive games: A hoops star puts up a running shot, and it never goes through the net, or off the rim. Instead, it sits on top of the rim and rests there, as if it was tired from getting pounded up and down the court and needed a nap.
That's precisely what happened at an AAU game between the Arkansas Wings and Washington, D.C.-based Team Takeover at the 2011 Peach Jam, an event in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League held in Atlanta in July.
The player who put up the shot you see above is James Robinson, the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha-based star who is one of the top-10 ranked point guards in the Class of 2012, not to mention a prominent member of the Rivals 150 for the rising senior class. While he finished Team Takeover's 76-68 loss to the Wings with 16 points, he didn't get any credit for his bizarre bouncing backstay stopper.
Perhaps more entertainingly, Robinson's highest-profile teammate is BeeJay Anya, the top-20 Class of 2013 center who boasts the longest recorded wingspan among prospects in USA 16-and-under developmental camp history. In fact, Anya's 7-foot-9 wingspan, combined with his 6-foot-8 height, means he could almost have reached up and grabbed the ball off the back of the rim as it sat there.
Instead, the stuck ball was retrieved by Archie Goodwin, the Wings' superstar shooting guard who stole the spotlight in the Team Takeover-Wings faceoff with 30 points.
While Robinson's freak shot is certainly an incredible rarity, it isn't completely unique. In December, Idaho State's Kamil Gawrzydek somehow got a ball stuck on the even more unlikely precipice of the front of the rim, while Suns forward Channing Frye had a shot stop in a similar spot (to Robinson's runner) back in 2007.
Just as was the case with both Frye and Gawrzydek, Robinson's rim sitter won't go down as the best shot he ever put up, but it might end up as one of his most memorable.