March 30, 2011
There have been plenty of amazing plays during the different state tournaments across the country. Buzzer beaters? We've seen those. Dunks? Check.
Yet none may have shown more unbelievable skill than the play you see below, where a Montana teen hit a basket after taking off from in front of the hoop … and landing behind it.
The player pulling off the feat in question is Bozeman (Mont.) High senior Tanner Roderick, who is more well-known for his football prowess. Roderick, who finished with 26 points, nailed this behind-the-backboard jumper in the fourth quarter as the Hawks pulled away for a 61-53 win in the Montana Class AA state championship game against Billings (Mont.) West on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, we were just up against a better team and one player that was just remarkable," Billings West coach Doug Robinson told the Helena Independent Record.
It's hard to argue with Robinson's assessment on the basis of that shot. And Roderick's overwhelming athleticism speaks to his dual-sport potential, as well. The senior is scheduled to play quarterback for Nevada in the fall, though he could be redshirted in his first season.
That prospect probably isn't on the front of the star's mind at the moment, as he and his Bozeman teammates celebrate a state title, all while sending Billings West to a third-straight state final loss.
"I was happy for the kids to be in that position," Robison told the Independent Record. "But at the same token we're not going there to take second place. We want to take first."