Taking The Shot: Julian McGarvey And The Self-Defining Moment

Screen Shot 2018-03-04 at 6.14.01 PM.pngThere are moments in life that are so perfect and magical that one can only sit back and just bask in its glory. That moment came for Ardsley High School basketball player Julian McGarvey who intercepted a pass with only 2.4 seconds left to play and won the championship for his school in an incredible 70 foot throw.

For all of us, there are self-defining moments but too few actually take the shot.  They never know if that was the moment that would change their lives or the lives of others.  Sure, this was just a basketball game but Julian McGarvey elevated his entire high school with a once in a lifetime shot.

Well-down Julian.  The tough part will be trying to top this moment in your remaining 70-90 years.  However, any kid who can throw this buzzer beater must have some more surprises to come for all of us.  In the very least, he shows that anything is possible with a touch of luck, a lot of skill, and pure audacity.

 

15 thoughts on “Taking The Shot: Julian McGarvey And The Self-Defining Moment

  1. “For all of us, there are self-defining moments but too few actually take the shot. They never know if that was the moment that would change their lives or the lives of others. Sure, this was just a basketball game but Julian McGarvey elevated his entire high school with a once in a lifetime shot.”

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    Kipling might disagree with you about “self-defining moments.”

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫
    𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    ~If, Rudyard Kipling

    It was a great shot for this young man, just not his greatest shot. That comes much later.

  2. Love those lucky shots.

    Here is another great basketball moment:

    “IOWA CITY, Ia. — Jordan Bohannon looked into Section KK at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to make eye contact with his older brother, Zach, to confirm one last time: The plan they had discussed was still in motion.

    Iowa’s sophomore guard would intentionally miss a free throw, even with the Hawkeyes nursing a late lead in their regular-season finale against Northwestern.

    And with one short-armed attempt, Bohannon’s mission was complete. He had ensured his name would be next to — not in place of — that of Iowa legend Chris Street in the Hawkeye basketball record book.

    “It’s been in my mind for a while,” Bohannon said afterward. “I knew I wanted to leave it short a little bit. I didn’t want to make it too obvious.”

    Having made 34 consecutive free throws to tie Street’s school record, Bohannon stepped to the foul line with 2 minutes, 15 seconds remaining with Iowa leading, 73-65. He left the shot short, off the front rim, and pointed to the sky.

    It was a touching tribute from one Iowa-born Hawkeye to another. Street never got a chance to extend his streak to 35. He was killed in a car accident Jan. 19, 1993 — three days after his final game, a 65-56 loss at Duke during Street’s junior season at Iowa in which he made both free throws he tried.”

    And they still won the game.

    http://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/iowa/basketball-men/2018/02/25/jordan-bohannons-intentionally-missed-free-throw-keeps-chris-street-record-books/371686002/

  3. Unfortunately, he walked after he caught the ball and threw it up (2 or three steps), and should have been called for walking.

    • I agree Liberty2nd. It is a wonderful video. AND, it captures the best in the human spirit- effort, hope, optimism.

    • A fine performance by this player, but I also did wonder in my limited knowledge of H.S. basketball if there was a travelling foul.

      Seeing that the referees quickly exited the court and the exuberant stampede of the winning players and their fans, calling a foul in this case might have been agonizing. It also might not have been a particularly safe thing to do.

    • The wiki says this:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveling_(basketball)

      + A player must have control of the ball to travel. For instance, a player who bobbles a pass may well take several steps legally—the traveling rule is not in effect until he has secured control of the ball.[12]

      + A player who dives and catches a loose ball on the floor may legally slide as far as his momentum carries him. This is not a travel.[13][14][15] However, once he stops he may not roll over or attempt to stand.

      So it seems there is some aspect where players are not forced to violate the laws of physics (momentum in this case, but the traveling rules would seem to take effect after the player is reasonable in control of his own motion.

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