Ryan Evans, who oddly became the worst free-throw shooter in college basketball this season, is clearly to do anything to up his odds. Forget mentally; it was time to physically and radically alter his approach at the charity stripe.
The Wisconsin senior saw his free-throw percentage -- which steadied at 73/74 percent in his sophomore and junior years -- nosedive to the 30s this season. Entering Tuesday's home game against Nebraska, he was clinging to life at around 40 percent -- an unthinkable rate, really.
Then came a new technique: jump-shooting. How simple, how ordinarily original! It's perfectly legal, so jump Evans did, and he sank both his shots as part of his 14-point, seven-rebound performance in Wisconsin's 77-46 win over Nebraska.
He's not the first to do this, but spotting a player in college or the pros use this rare form is like witnessing a snow leopard in the wild. It halts you, and you're intrigued. I absolutely love it. It's quirky, desperate, but more importantly: successful. At least in the short-term. And he's not going to give up on the routine.
What I find interesting: It looks like Evans violates the foul shot. He lands over the line after he comes down. But it was so unorthodox, maybe the officials weren't totally keyed in on his feet? They will be going forward, and if Evans is going to use this avante-garde approach to freebies for the final few games of his college career, he'll need to take a step back, just to be safe.
But anything to get the ball to go in, right?
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