Grinnell College senior John Grotberg will be one of eight participants in Thursdays ESPN 3 point shooting contest at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is part of the festivities leading up to this weekend’s Final Four. Grotberg says it’s an honor to be invited and he hopes to represent his school well.
Grotberg talks say the format for the event gives you 5 shots from 5 spots and the last ball is called the "money ball" and is worth two points. You have one minute to shoot all the balls. Grotberg says he practiced for the competition during Spring Break, and says the tough part was finding enough balls to shoot.
Grotberg says his favorite spot on the floor is the top of the key as he says if you don’t miss left or right, you are likely to hit the shot. Grotberg says he is not satisfied by just being part of the competition. He says the total number of points in each round is 30 and he thinks low 20’s would get him to advance.
Grotberg is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the only NCAA Division III participant in the field after leading the nation in scoring and made three’s. Heather Ezell of Iowa State and Iowa’s Kristi Smith will be two of eight participants in the womens three point shootout Thursday night.