ESPYS: Why New Rochelle's Khalil Edney Must Win for "The Shot"

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ESPYS: Why New Rochelle's Khalil Edney Must Win for
New Rochelle celebrates after Edney (far right) hit a halfcourt buzzer-beater. (Photo by Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

On March 3, 2013, New Rochelle senior Khalil Edney went from "just another high school hoopster" to a household name and a national superstar.

Edney drained a 55-foot buzzer-beater with 0.1 seconds left in the Section 1 Class AA boys' basketball championship game to dethrone the seven-time defending champions, Mount Vernon, completing a nearly-improbable comeback.

The Huguenots trailed 59-49 with just under four minutes left in regulation when they began chopping away at the deficit. Eventually, the No. 9 Huguenots found themselves with possession of the ball down two with 2.9 seconds remaining.

I personally caught live footage of the shot, in all its glory, for The Journal News and Gannett Co. that day, which is the same video you see used in this slide.

In the next slides, I will breakdown just how incredible this shot was, and why it deserves to win the "Best Play" ESPY award tonight.

 

What: 21st annual ESPY Awards
When: Wednesday, July 17
Where: Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California
Watch: ESPN at 9 p.m. ET
Category: "Best Play"

The top 16 plays of the year were "seeded" into a bracket and needed to receive the most votes round-to-round in order to make the finals. The winner of the final four will be announced Wednesday night.

 

Finalists:

(1) Jadeveon Clowney's massive hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl
(2) Khalil Edney's 55-foot buzzer-beater to beat Mount Vernon
(5) DeAndre Jordan's ridiculous alley-oop slam over Brandon Knight
(6) Ray Allen's clutch three-pointer to keep the Miami Heat alive in the NBA Finals

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