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How Cameron Mills has Lived after “The Shot Heard Round the Bluegrass”

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This March marks the 20th anniversary of Kentucky’s seventh National Championship.  There were many memorable moments along the Comeback Cats’ conquest to the top of college basketball, but none were more memorable then “The Shot Heard Round the Bluegrass.”

Cameron Mills’ go-ahead three in the waning minutes of the Elite Eight forever cemented the walk-on Kentucky kid into UK lore.  It’s a prestigious place in Kentucky history, but it’s not always easy living life after earning all the glory.

Ahead of the 20-year anniversary of Mills’ epic shot, Jeff Pearlman of The Athletic talked to him about the good and bad that comes with Kentucky super stardom.

“I’ll be honest,” he said. “And this is me being really honest on a subject that’s hard. People talk about the shot I hit against Duke or the two national championships we won, and it feeds my ego. It does, factually. And when your ego is fed, you like that. But at the same time, you want to blend in. I mean, that’s natural. You don’t want to be only remembered for something from two decades ago. But here’s what’s crazy—when you do blend in, your ego takes over and you think, ‘Wait. No one here recognizes me? What’s going on?’”

Again, a pause. An awkward one. “Does that make sense?” he asked.

It makes sense.  Becoming a Kentucky legend is great when you’re cutting down nets, but it’s not as fun when YMCA All-Stars are gunning for you anytime you try to have fun playing rec league basketball.  The good news: Mills has made the most out of his Shot Heard Round the Bluegrass.

[The Athletic]


Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for How Cameron Mills has Lived after “The Shot Heard Round the Bluegrass”

  1. Jonathan40330
    4:12 pm February 1, 2018 Permalink

    His honesty and humility are refreshing. To admit that you liked being noticed and adored for your contributions to a legendary program must be nice, but not necessarily when it takes precedence over every other accomplishment later in life. Regardless of accomplishments, few people ever want to have their entire lives defined by a single moment.

  2. Jesus H. Chrysler
    6:00 pm February 1, 2018 Permalink

    Cameron fed his ego. Actually Quite A LOT

  3. runningunnin.454
    6:41 pm February 1, 2018 Permalink

    LOL, ESPN and CBS calls the Laettner thing “The Shot”. Actually that was “The Pass”. 1998 was “The Shot”, and more than made up for ’92.

  4. catsarerunnin
    7:40 pm February 1, 2018 Permalink

    One of my favorite games of all time.

    • CombatMedic_98
      12:57 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      I was at that game…PRICELESS…1998 San Antonio…woohoo GO BIG BLUE!

    • catdaddyd
      11:45 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      That wasn’t in San Antonio. UK beat Stanford in the final four and then Utah in the final.