Sunday, November 18, 2007

Texas A&M's 7-foot frosh DeAndre Jordan set a Big 12 men's basketball record Saturday night by making his 16th straight shot from the field. What's unusual about the record is that it took four games to reach it. According to the above-linked article:

Jordan hasn't missed a field goal since the first half of Texas A&M's opener against McNeese State. The prized recruit was 6-of-6 on Saturday, made his last two shots against McNeese, was 5-of-5 against Oral Roberts and 3-of-3 in a win over UTEP.

Thus, contrary to the popular image of a player just going wild in a single game, Jordan has methodically been making his shots -- in small quantities each game -- and building his streak incrementally.

The article alludes to a couple of his shots in Saturday's game being layups. Given Jordan's height, I would guess most -- if not all -- of his shots during the streak have been from close range. I can probably track down shot charts of the Aggies' games, but due to the late hour, I'll do that some other time.

Even if the shot attempts have been heavily or exclusively from near the basket, everybody suffers an unlucky bounce off the backboard and rim here and there, so Jordan's run of perfection is certainly to be commended.

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