College Basketball

WCU Student Drains Crazy Half-Court Shot to Win $10,000

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 15, 2014

I'm pretty sure they'll count the basket even though he didn't call bank on the half-court shot.

Watch the video above as one lucky West Chester University fan makes a layup, free throw, three-point attempt and then a crazy last-second half-court shot that he banked in to win $10,000.

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 18, 3:08 p.m. ET

Despite having no involvement in the original contest, Pizza Hut is stepping up to make things right for Jake Lavery.

Per Eliot Shorr-Parks of

In a surprising move, Pizza Hut announced via Twitter on Tuesday that company officials saw Lavery's shot and were so impressed that they have decided to give Lavery the $10,000 -- and free pizza for a year.

Lavery confirmed to that Pizza Hut was not involved with the contest at all, and simply reached out to him because they felt it was the right thing to do. As for the surprise gift, Lavery said that he is "extremely blessed."

Hey @JackLavs22, we know greatness when we see it. We have a check for $10K and free pizza for a year for you. What say you? #PayJackLavs

— Pizza Hut (@pizzahut) February 18, 2014

Here is proof

— Lavs (@JackLavs22) February 18, 2014

The school has taken down the original video of the shot. We have replaced with video from a student in the crowd.

--End of Update--

UPDATE: Monday, February 17, 11:18 a.m. ET

The student, 18-year-old Jack Lavery, might not be getting his money after all, per Kenneth Moton of

However the excitement was short-lived. The group running the competition said Lavery had to make the half-court shot on his first attempt to get the money.
"I was kind of let down a little bit like, 'Wow you're trying to pull that on me right now.' I wasn't even aware of that," he said.
The YouTube hits are already climbing on his video and students on campus already have mixed reactions.
"That definitely stinks especially if he made the second one. Rules are the rules," said Jeremy Biagiotti, sophomore.
"He threw the ball before the buzzer so technically I think it should count. I think he should get the money," said Abby Wilson, freshman.
Lavery, who played at Hatboro Horsham High School, says he would spend the money on school, a car and charity. However for now he was told his $10,000 shot is under review.

--End of Update--

That's a lot of ramen noodles.


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