College Player’s $20,000 half-court shot gets eligibility review

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Making a half-court shot during a promotion at an Oklahoma City Thunder game might be easier for 23-year-old Cameron Rodriguez than keeping the $20,000 prize.

Rodriguez, a basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, made the shot Nov. 18 during halftime of the National Basketball Association team’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Now he and his school are asking the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for a rules exception that would allow him to use the money as a scholarship to help pay his tuition.

“I didn’t really think about it at first because I was way too excited,” Rodriguez said in a telephone interview. “After things settled down, I realized we might have an issue because I was receiving a large amount of money.”

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