Rather than put all Villanova roundup thoughts into one long piece, which will delay its posting, I’ll do each section as an individual, short snippet for ease of reading and clicks.
Villanova's Kris Jenkins hits his third three of the first half from WAY downtown! ?? https://t.co/d60A2IdvV3
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 25, 2016
You know things are going right when this falls. Thing is, it doesn’t even surprise me anymore. Not because Nova has been scorching the nets, but because, I think thanks to Curry, kids practice these shots more frequently. Years of training to shoot as close as possible to the three-point line meant players practiced from this distances and not much farther. Now, since Curry has shown that the muscle memory can be trained from great distance all the same, the floor is expanding. It’s no accident we’ve seen some of these absurd shots fall this tournament. They’re not flukes… they are just baskets. Jenkins has probably hit this shot 100 times in practice. It’s a lower percentage shot, sure, but not some great shock when it falls. And as Bill Raftery – who is really just the best – put it: “[Jenkins] may be the best chunky three point shooter in America.”