Sports Illustrated Features New Rochelle's Edney and 'The Shot'

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Sports Illustrated features a nine-page story on all aspects of New Rochelle basketball's Khalil Edney and "The Shot." Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated/Photo
New Rochelle's Khalil Edney featured in Sports Illustrated. Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle High School graduate Khalil Edney and his basketball coach Rasaun Young are featured in this week's Sports Illustrated magazine with a sprawling nine-page spread called "The Shot."

"The Shot" is the now-famous, last-second, nearly-full court basketball miracle shot that gave the Huguenots the Section 1 Class AA boys basketball title over mighty Mount Vernon last February at the Westchester County Center.

The Sports Illustrated piece details the fame and the long shot that went viral to millions on the Internet and other media. Edney, then a senior for the basketball team and the quarterback for the varsity football team that had won a Class AA state title just three months earlier (November 2012).

Down 60-58 with 2.9 seconds left in the game, Edney inbounded the ball with his quarterback's arm, which was then stolen by a Mount Vernon player who then passed the ball forward instead of holding it. Edney ran across the court, stole the pass and let the ball fly. The high arching shot went through the basket for a 61-60 victory and instant fame for Edney.

"I thought, 'Hey, they might pass to the point guard - just jump in front of him and get the ball in your hands,'" Edney said in the Sports Illustrated piece. "That's what I did."

The Sports Illustrated article follows last year's nomination for ESPN's Espy Award's Play of The Year and other accolades.

Edney, now a freshman at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., where is is playing football, spent much of last spring visiting local schools and talking to kids about his life and accomplishments.

"You have to have the attitude that you never give up," he told a class at the Andrus School in Yonkers. "I just try to do my best and use the gifts I have. I was in the right place, but you have to be prepared to make it happen."

Young, a former star at New Rochelle High School and a first-year coach after years as an assistant and youth coach in the city, will have trouble following last year's miracle season.

"When people call this my first team I have to smile," Young said in the SI story. "I've known these kids all my life."

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