VIDEO: Freshman sinks half-court shot to win free tuition

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Do you remember what your first day of college was like? Moving in, getting a lay of the land. Attempts at smooth conversations with members of the opposite sex living on the same dorm floor. Proudly pinning predictable posters to the wall. Finding out the good spots to socialize in and around campus. Perhaps sending your parents on their weeping way before eventually heading over to the cafeteria with your roommate to try the cuisine that would stuff your stomach at any and all hours of the day throughout your first year of undergrad.

Sorry, college tends to make many of us digress. Anyway, it's a fun and memorable day for many. Few can say they've had more memorable college-starting experiences than this kid Markus Burden. He had basically the best first day of college of all-time. The video above is proof. The story below, via the Indianapolis Star:

On his first day at Ball State University, freshman Markus Burden of Frankfort, Ill., hit a half-court shot – with pretty impeccable form – to win a semester of free tuition. He was randomly selected from the crowd at a freshman Welcome Week event Thursday night, the university said. His out-of-state tuition prize is valued at $11,084.

Apparently Burden wasn't burdened with a do-or-die situation. He didn't get just one shot to earn the free schooling. It was on his fourth heave that the orange fell true -- and how great must it have felt to not only win the tuition money, but also hear the crowd roar around him?

The story quotes Burden calling his mother to break the news. She was near tears and didn't think it true at first. Burden doesn't even play much basketball and he's already probably the most well-known hoopster on campus now. At least until the season starts.

If you're curious, Ball State's men's team went 15-15 last season and fired six-year coach Billy Taylor. Former Arizona assistant James Whitford was named new Cardinals coach in early April.

 
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