Message to Brockman: That's how it's done, Jon
Local boy takes up the challenge and makes a trick shot video that impresses NBA player Jon Brockman
Mark Mulligan / The Herald
Seth Hilton, 13, holds a flaming basketball in his driveway basketball court Monday afternoon. Hilton created a YouTube video of himself performing trick shots, including a few with a flaming basketball, that former Huskies basketball star Jon Brockman forwarded to his followers on twitter.
Photos courtesy Susie Hilton
Former Snohomish star and current NBA player Jon Brockman surprised Seth HIlton at the Stanwood High School gym last week.
Each time he sinks the ball in the hoop, Brockman -- or the Brockness Monster -- lets the viewer know "that's how it's done."
Port Susan Middle School student Seth Hilton, 13, decided the video itself is how it's done. The humor and creativity were enviable, the teenager said.
"I really laughed when I saw it," he said.
With the video, Brockman challenged the people of Wisconsin to make similar short movies for a contest, the winner of which would take Brockman on in a game of H-O-R-S-E and get two tickets to a Bucks game. Seth, who lives north of Lake Goodwin, officially couldn't enter the contest, but he decided to make a video to send to Brockman anyway.
After all, Seth is a longtime Brockman fan.
In second grade Seth attended a basketball camp at Stanwood High School where Brockman was a volunteer coach, along with fellow Washington standout Ryan Appleby of Stanwood. Seth sat right next to the Husky star in the camp photo. Seth's AAU basketball coach Gary Doty of Lake Stevens was Brockman's AAU coach, too.
"And I watched him play in person one time at the UW and on TV a bunch of times. My dad and grandpa are big Husky fans," Seth said. "At that camp he gave a lot of good advice about rebounding and defense."
Seth hopes one day to play on Stanwood High School varsity basketball team.
Judging by the height of his parents and the size of his feet, the young teen probably has a good chance.
"I play guard now, but I'm waiting to grow a bit taller," Seth said. "I was 5-1 in October, but now I'm 5-3-and-a half."
When it wasn't raining during his spring break from school in April, Seth worked on his hot-shot, hoop-shot video.
The first night, with the help of his dad, Seth wiped rubber cement on a basketball, lit the rubber on fire, shot the ball and sank it. On the first try.
"The future of Stanwood is now," Seth says on the video. "We're coming for you Brockness Monster."
Though he comes off cocksure in the film, in person Seth is polite and soft-spoken.
He gives credit for the success of the video to his parents, Jeff and Susie Hilton, his brother Drew, 11, cousin Jaide Hagen, 13, and friend Jett Whitcher, also 13.
"And my trusty tri-pod, which I used to film several of my shots," Seth said. "The shot I took from my skateboard took a long time to get right because nobody was there to rebound for me."
It took 40 tries to get the move where Seth spins the ball off the roof so that it bounces off the driveway and into his portable hoop. When he finally makes it, Seth smiles signs the number 40, also Brockman's Bucks jersey number .
The video includes slow-motion shots and speedy one-after-the-other dunks, all set to a tune by hip-hop group Troop 41. One of the funniest shots is a casual backward toss that bounces up through the net and back down through the hoop.
Playing basketball and making movies are Seth's favorite pastimes, his mom said, so the trick-shots video was a perfect activity.
"We've been surprised at all the attention it's gotten," Susie Hilton said.
In the end, a couple of high school guys from Johnson Creek, Wis., won the Brockness Monster Trick Shot video contest, but Brockman named Seth's the best of the ineligible videos.
"Great job, Seth," Brockman wrote on the Bucks website. " You're a balla."
Just before the credits roll on his video, Seth asks Brockman to put in a good word for him with Gary Doty.
"That'd really help me out next year on the eighth grade team," he wrote.
Brockman, home for a visit last week, got a chance to do that in person when he showed up for Doty's open gym at Stanwood High School on April 25.
"We went to the gym and got some pictures and autographs," Susie Hilton said. "Brockman added 'that's how it's done!' to the autograph for Seth, who so was nervous (on the drive into Stanwood) that he thought he was going to be sick."
What's most important about the video, Seth said, is that it was fun.
"And I told Brockman thanks for encouraging me to work on my game."
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