A College Soccer Player Wins $10,000 in Tuition With ‘Zero Basketball Experience’

A US college student has won $10,000 (£6,250) towards his tuition fees after winning a challenge to hit four quick-fire basketball shots in succession.

Gustavo Angel Tamayo
(Image source: Bryan College)
A 23-year-old student at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., wowed the crowd gathered in the school’s gymnasium when he scored a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot in quick succession to win $10,000 in tuition money.

Touching a ball with his hands? Not on your life. A senior at Bryan College, a Christian school in Dayton, Tennessee, Tamayo doesn’t even handle throw-ins for his soccer squad.

But when it was his turn in a basketball shooting challenge at Bryan on Monday, Tamayo put aside the fact that he had “zero basketball experience” — not to mention a broken finger on his left hand — and just let the roundball fly.

Tamayo’s first shot was easy — a mere layup. Then things got progressively more difficult, starting with a free throw — which he almost missed.

A College Soccer Player Wins $10,000 in Tuition With ‘Zero Basketball Experience’

A College Soccer Player Wins $10,000 in Tuition With ‘Zero Basketball Experience’


And then a frantic jumper from beyond the 3-point arc, which looked hopelessly like a goner at first but then bounced true and finally through the net. As students in the gymnasium went wild over the British transplant making it this far, Tamayo sprinted toward the half court line. Only a couple of ticks remained in his 30-second time limit when the 23-year-old launched his long-distance shot.

Student who had 'never played basketball' wins $10,000

“It’s just an amazing feeling,” he said later, noting that he had observed basketball players’ techniques and tried hard to concentrate.
 
Bryan College soccer player sinks basketball shots, wins $10K
I'm not sure there's a tougher contest," Don Rekoske, basketball coach at Bryan College, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press of Tamayo’s impressive four-shot feat. “He had to go four for four, and you have to be hurried to make it within 30 seconds. It's a very tough contest to win, but when you win, you get paid for it. He won $10,000; some will probably go toward his school bill and some in his pocket.

"My mom started crying, Dad was overwhelmed," Tamayo said. "Right now it’s a great blessing."

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