Tyqoune Greer, 19, hit one of the most incredible game-winning 3-pointers in the history of high school basketball. The shot itself gave Greer’s Orr Academy high school at 71-68 victory over North Chicago in what was a must-win game. But what makes it so incredible is that Greer was shot in the leg just three weeks ago, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Greer Said About the Game, ‘I Wanted to Make My Presence Felt’
With just three seconds left, Greer, from the bench game on to shoot home a three pointer. Having been shot while attending a party three weeks ago, it might seem unbelievable, but it’s not, according to Greer:
This could have been our last game and I wanted to make my presence felt. For me to take that shot, God planned it for me because he has some better stuff for me. I knew I was going to make it. I was very confident.
My leg was still kind of shaky, but this could have been our last game so I wanted to be out there. If we lost, I wanted to make sure that I was on the court with my team. That’s all that really mattered.
Orr Academy Head Coach Louis Adams told ESPN Chicago:
It wasn’t Tyquone. It was all God’s work. I told him, ‘You shot it, but God made it.’ By the grace of God he’s still living. [The gunshot] could have been worse than it was. It [the 3-pointer] was God’s will.
2. He Was Shot at a Party on March 9
On March 9, Greer was one of six people shot in an early morning incident on Chicago’s West Side. He was wounded in the calf but was released from hospital later that same day. The shooting happened at 3:30 a.m. on the 4900 block of West Race Avenue. During the party, two men got in a fight, and one left the house and returned with a handgun. Four, including Greer, were shot but in stable condition, while two others were listed as serious. One of those in serious condition was a woman who was shot in the abdomen.
Two days after the incident, Greer watched his team win a sectional semi-final from the bleachers.
3. It’s His Second Game Since Being Shot
His return to the team came last week, but he played just one minute in another victory for Orr Academy that set up the March 18 encounter with North Chicago. In the North Chicago game, he played “sparingly.” But he was thrown into the action with 1:18 remaining and the score tied at 65-65. He won the game with his only field goal attempt of the game. Coach Adams said:
He can’t really walk. He’s just hobbling around. He’s out there making plays. I was reluctant to play him. I didn’t want to play him, but he kept bugging me and bugging me. The game got tight, and he said he could help us. He played for me for four years. I thought I owed him it.
4. He Has 2 Offers to Play College Ball
Orr is due to graduate this year. The 6-foot-7 prospect has already had offers from DePaul and Providence to play college ball.
5. Greer Will Be Back in Action on Friday
Orr Academy is back in action on March 21 against Morgan Park in the Carver Arena in the state tournament. On January 30, Shawn Harrington, the assistant coach at Orr Academy’s rivals Westinghouse, was shot twice while driving his daughter to school. He survived the attack.
Coach Adams says:
I’ll keep this short and simple: This madness has to stop. We need to get this under control so that kids that want to do something with their lives can go out and have a good time without the threat of violence.