Though Alex Permann made the rare half-court shot during a contest before the Missouri Valley title game on Sunday, he did not win the $50,000 cash prize.
Permann, 24, jumped up in the air and pumped his fists after making the shot, thinking he had won. But he was disappointed to find out he did not properly follow directions.
Most halftime shooting contests require participants to make a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot in less than 24 seconds. Permann made the layup and the free throw, but went immediately to the mid-court line to make the half-shot without making the 3-pointer.
The PA announcer and fans in the crowd told him to not forget the 3-pointer, but Permann was so in the moment that he didn’t pay attention.
Once he made the half-court shot and thought he won, he saw the crowd pointing to the 3-point line and realized his mistake.
“There was a miscommunication and I was given some instructions that didn’t match the instructions the announcer said,” Permann said. “I was so excited to be out there that I didn’t pay attention to what he said. I had in my mind what I was going to do before I went out there.”
Tournament organizers felt bad about Permann’s mistake, and so gathered to figure out how to deal with it. They decided he couldn’t receive the $50,000 because of his error, but he will receive tickets for life to the Missouri Valley tournament and four VIP passes and a three-day hotel stay for next year’s event.
He said he was upset about missing out on the money, but that he was satisfied with what he did receive.
“Overall, today was definitely a good [experience],” Permann said. “I’m happy they gave us tickets for life and all the other stuff. Money would be great but that’s a pretty good consolation.”