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Brady Heslip emerged onto the national scene during the 2012 NCAA Tournament, knocking down three-point shot after three-point shot during Baylor's run into the Elite Eight.
In his first two games of the tournament against South Dakota State and Colorado, respectively, Heslip went for a combined 44 points on 14-22 shooting on three pointers. Against Colorado, Heslip nailed 9-12 threes, amounting to 27 points in the 80-63 win.
After these outstanding performances, Heslip was labeled the next great sharpshooter in college basketball. He was being billed was one of the greatest shooters in the country and would continue to show off his shooting brilliance.
So much for that. Heslip went the next two games—against Xavier and Kentucky, respectively—connecting on only two threes and scored 15 points combined in the two games.
Quite the drop off for someone who was suppose to be the "next big thing" in three-point shooting. What those games against against Xavier and Kentucky proved was that Heslip becomes completely obsolete when defenses figure for him in their defensive strategies and have high-quality defenders.
No disrespect to South Dakota State or Colorado whatsoever, but their defenses were not on the same level as Xavier and Kentucky. Honestly, before the SDSU-Baylor tournament game, I had never heard of Brady Heslip before. Now, after seeing him fall back down to earth, I know why.
Heslip had a nice little run in the tournament, but now some will expect him to perform on that sort of level more often. Don't expect that to happen, because it is highly unlikely to happen.