Shoni Schimmel wins 3-point contest; EKU’s Lewis top dunker http://cjky.it/1i60bzB via @courierjournal
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Shoni Schimmel took up where she left off in the final 30 seconds of her University of Louisville basketball career, drilling long shots in bunches to win the State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday night in Dallas.
U of L men’s counterpart Luke Hancock wasn’t nearly so successful, making only seven 3-pointers — his first three attempts sailed over the basket from the right corner — and didn’t get out of the preliminary round.
It was a big night otherwise for Bluegrass State players. Eastern Kentucky guard Marcus Lewis edged Baylor’s Cory Jefferson for the slam-dunk crown, leaping over an assistant for a flying right-hand jam in the final round.
Schimmel outgunned Duke’s Tricia Liston for the women’s 3-point title, then outshot Baylor’s Brady Heslip for the overall championship.
The U of L All-American scored 14 points (the “money ball” scored double) in the preliminary round, then had red-hot rounds of 22 and 22 in the women’s competition and 22 more against Heslip, who scored 17.
Schimmel holds the school career record with 387 threes, including 118 this season.
Vonleh makes it official: He’s turning pro
When Noah Vonleh arrived at Indiana University, he said he saw the program as a perfect match for pursuing his NBA dream. Less than a year later, he’s ready to realize that dream.
Sitting next to IU coach Tom Crean on Thursday, Vonleh made official what’s been reported for nearly two weeks: He’s entering the NBA draft.
“Coach Crean just pushed me hard every day on the court, off the court, to be a better person, a better player,” Vonleh said. “It was a pretty difficult decision, but ever since I was a little kid, I always had a dream of playing in the NBA, so I said, ‘Why not go for it?’ ”
He’s regarded as a guaranteed lottery pick, possibly in the top 10.