Meet Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a Bryan College student that was given the opportunity to win $10,000 in tuition Monday night.
What was the catch? This college student had to make four different basketball shots of varying difficulty levels – a layup, a free throw, a three-point shot and a half-court shot.
As if pulling off that particular combination of shots was not hard enough, Gustavo also had to make all four shots within only 30 seconds.
Keep in mind that this is something that most professional basketball players would probably struggle to pull off – especially within such a short period of time. However, this senior college student was able to accept and accomplish the challenge successfully – as you can see in the video.
That feat alone is impressive. However, there are two other points that make Gustavo’s accomplishment even more special. First, according to an interview with NBC News, Gustavo has never played competitive basketball before.
“”I’ve never played basketball in my life.”
NBC News reported that Gustavo is actually the center midfielder on the Bryan College soccer team.
The second impressive point, according to a report released by Times Free Press, is that Gustavo was able to pull this off with a hand injury.
“I had a broken finger on my left hand.”
In addition to the players on the basketball team that were impressed, the actual team coach (Don Rekoske) was also impressed by what this college student that was not even a basketball player was able to achieve with this contest.
“I’m not sure there’s a tougher contest. He had to go four for four, and you have to be hurried to make it within 30 seconds. It’s a very tough contest to win, but when you win you get paid for it. He won $10,000; some will probably go toward his school bill and some in his pocket.”
According to Times Free Press, Gustavo (as a senior college student at the institution) has already paid off his tuition, so he basically just has $10,000 to spend freely.
What do you think? If you were given the same opportunity, would you have been able to match the performance of this inexperienced and injured college student?
[Image Credit: Bryan College]