Jordan Poole's Michigan buzzer-beater was nearly identical to one he hit in high school

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Before Jordan Poole was a Michigan hero, he was an unheralded freshman who had never been in a tight NCAA tournament game before. He had never been on an NCAA tournament court in crunch time. He had certainly never had the fate of an NCAA tournament game, or indeed a college program’s postseason run, in his hands.

But he had been on the right wing before, with the clock ticking toward triple zeros, and with defenders flying out at him.

Poole instantly became a household name when he beat Houston in the second round of the tournament with an improbable buzzer-beating 3-pointer. A day later, video emerged of Poole hitting a very similar shot in high school, at La Lumiere School in Indiana.


The tweet from Overtime is wrong. Poole’s high school buzzer-beater was with time running out in the third quarter, so obviously it wasn’t a game-winner.

But the location on the court? And the scissor leg kick? Uncannily similar. Nearly identical.

(Screenshot: @Overtime on Twitter)
(Screenshot: @Overtime on Twitter)

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Henry Bushnell covers soccer and college basketball for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Question? Comment? Email him at henrydbushnell@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @HenryBushnell.

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