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Making Missed Free Throw Magic with Derek Willis


Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Derek Willis proved against Ole Miss he’s always willing to lend a helping hand.  Needing one rebound to complete an elusive triple-double, Derek Willis told Isaiah Briscoe, “I got you.”  Well, those weren’t his exact words.

“Zay had said something after I think we had lost the ball. The ball had went out of bounds and we ended up getting the ball back. He said something about how he needed another rebound,” Willis said in yesterday’s meeting with the media.  “I was shooting free throws and just pointed at him to go that way (left) and then I just tried to bank it and missed real bad and it kicked out to him so he could get a triple-double.”

Willis said it was just a good bounce, but it may not be the last time you see a good miss from Willis.  An 85% career free throw shooter, Willis said he might start practicing misses.

“We’ve been practicing free throws a lot too, and I was almost thinking about practicing missing free throws.”  It’s a task that could be extremely important in the future.  “It could be a circumstance of where at the end of the game you want to hit it at the right point to get it back. It could be a thing.”

See everything Willis and Tai Wynyard had to say before tonight’s game after the jump.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 responses to “Making Missed Free Throw Magic with Derek Willis”

  1. ukjaybrat

    missing a free throw on purpose might come in hand yin one or two games EVER. but making all of your free throws will come in handy in every game.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Yeah, I wonder if he ran that by Cal.

    2. Realme

      I love the idea, but maybe don’t say it to the media and warn your future opponents.

    3. Nahforrealdoh

      It’s effectively the same thing. A usable miss means you’re aiming for another spot, likely just as narrow as the one you’re supposed to aim for. If you can shoot the hat off a guy’s head, you can hit him between the eyes.

  2. exit56b

    Case in point: Eric Bledsoe’s PERFECT miss at the 2010 SEC Tourney. Check the footage, first ft was all net, second was a beautiful rainbow that had a nice kick off the rim. Stansbury’s reaction is the best, poor guy could never beat us in the big games.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgWWmktsJQw