NAIA player can keep $20,000 won on half-court shot

  • Associated Press
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:37pm
  • SportsSports

OKLAHOMA CITY — A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money for use as a scholarship, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday.

Cameron Rodriguez nailed the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder’s home game against the Denver Nuggets. The jubilation was short-lived after the NAIA informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money, he would lose his amateur status at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.

The college appealed, and the NAIA said Tuesday that Rodriguez could use the half-court winnings as scholarship money.

“We’re pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the (national eligibility committee) that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use toward his education,” said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO.

The NAIA said the decision to use the prize as scholarship money was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and the Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Rodriguez, a sophomore, must maintain his amateur status throughout the remainder of his eligibility. He’s said that he would have forfeited the money before giving up his college eligibility.

Eight lucky fans have hit the half-court shot, sponsored by a local bank, in 231 home games since the promotion started, according to the Thunder.

More in Sports

Prep athletes of the week: Oct. 16-21

Girls soccer Sam Foley, Lake Stevens Foley, a junior midfielder, tallied two… Continue reading

UW volleyball’s Sanders having an instant impact

The former Glacier Peak star is an integral part of the No. 14 Huskies in her first college season.

Five things to know about Glacier Peak’s Mari Hsieh

In less than two years, the senior has become a top prep diver.

Carroll takes blame for Seahawks’ sideline scuffle

The shoving between Doug Baldwin and Tom Cable was a product of the environment Carroll creates.

VIDEO: Washington Huskies volleyball player Lauren Sanders

The Glacier Peak High School graduate is excelling as a freshman for 12th-ranked UW.

UCLA quarterback Rosen to test UW’s defense

The junior quarterback leads the Pac-12 in passing yardage.

Young talent helped Houston, Los Angeles reach World Series

Fresh faces dot the rosters of the Astros and Dodgers.

Monday’s prep results, recaps and links

Here are Monday’s prep results, links and recaps: BOYS TENNIS 4A District… Continue reading

POLL: How far will the Sounders go in the playoffs?

Seattle Sounders FC is seeking to repeat as MLS Cup champion.

Most Read