Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette will be back in the national spotlight Thursday night when he and his BYU teammates play in the Sweet Sixteen. But little does Jimmer know, there's a sharp shooter form his own backyard who could soon steal some headlines. YNN's Erin Connolly has the story.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- He shoots like BYU's Jimmer Fredette, and some people say he's the next Jimmer.
Standing at 4 foot 11, from Glens Falls, it's 10-year-old Joseph Girard III!
''My goal is always to play in the NBA,'' he said.
Joseph is the current New York State Free Throw Shooting Champ. His personal best is 51 free throws in a row.
''It's just all my hard work's paid off,'' he said.
Joseph has his free throw shooting routine down pat - and it's nothing but net. His work ethic he gets from his dad, a former standout player at LeMoyne College. He also gets inspiration from photos of Jimmer Fredette that line his school's hallways. That's because number 32 went to the same elementary school as Joseph.
Dad Joe Girard Jr. said, ''Jimmer is just a great person, a great role model, and if Joseph is as half as good as Jimmer, I'll be more than satisfied.''
Now, little does Joseph know that this reporter is the former New York State Free Throw Champion. So I decided to take him on to see who gets bragging rights! And we're off.
Joseph and I went 8 for 10 and went to sudden death. Joseph went three for three. As for me, a measly one for three. So, unfortunately, clearly, I'm not in my prime anymore, and it's time to pass the torch to the next big star.
Jimmer once competed in the same free throw shooting competition as Joseph but never became state champion. And, of course, we're all wishing Joseph the best of luck. Saturday he competes in the Free Throw Shooting National Semifinals in Pennsylvania.