Phoenix Country Day School student captures free throw shooting championship

From left are Jason, Carson and Jordan Rose at the recent Elks Hoop Shootout where Carson scored a perfect 25 of 35 free-throw shots en route to a national championship. / Submitted photo / Paradise Valley Independent 


By Jason Rose | Paradise Valley Independent

Doing his best impression of NBA sharpshooter Steph Curry, Phoenix Country Day School fourth-grader Carson Rose last weekend in Apache Junction captured the Arizona state title in the Boy’s 10-11 division for the Elks Club National Free Throw Championship.

But he didn’t just do it a typical way.

Before a packed house and standing ovation Carson, age 10, put up a very rare score, hitting all 25 of his shots. In baseball terms it would be like pitching a perfect game. Even in the NBA this year only a handful of players have hit 25 consecutive shots. And, to put it into perspective neither the national champion nor anyone at the national championships last year had a perfect score.

The competition requires use of a regulation-sized basketball and shooters stand 15 feet away from the basket, as is the case in college and professional basketball. In the first round participants shoot 10 shots, then sit down for the other competitors before finishing with 15 consecutive shots.


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February 2019