by Ryan Berry | staff writer
Somewhat masked by the festivities of Indianapolis hosting the 2015 Final Four was the American Family Insurance High School Basketball 3 Point Competition last week in Carmel, Indiana.
Only miles down the road from Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, the nation’s best high school shooters showed off their remarkable skill and precision from three point range. Carmel High School senior Ryan Cline, widely regarded as the top high school shooter in the state of Indiana, was selected as one of the competitors in the field of eight. Cline, who averaged 21 points per game during his senior season for the Greyhounds, will head to Purdue this fall after graduating from Carmel to play his college basketball for the Boilermakers.
The competition also included seven other prospects bound for division one college basketball. Five players, including Cline, are bound for Big Ten Conference programs.
During the contest, each player received one minute to score as many points from behind the three point line as possible. Five basketball racks are placed in five different spots along the arc. The first four shots at each rack are worth one point each, with the final ball at each individual location being worth two points.
Shooting in front of his home crowd, Cline netted a total of 34 points in the first two rounds to advance to the finals. There, he would meet Wisconsin Badger recruit Brevin Pritzl. After Pritzl impressed with a final round score of 19, Purdue-bound Cline did him one better. With the cheers of the partisan crowd raining down on him, the Carmel sharpshooter collected 22 points, at one point making eight consecutive shots, during the championship round to claim the title.
After coming out on top during the men’s’ competition, Cline dispatched women’s three point shootout champion Kennedy Burke by the count of 20-16 to win the Battle of the Champions.
Now that his impressive high school career is complete, Cline will take his talents to Purdue and Mackey Arena, where he will be heavily relied upon to help balance out the Boilermaker offense by posing a consistent threat from long range.