Bo Ryan held a “Shooting Down Cancer” event over the weekend and ended up donating more than $66,000 to cancer research.
More than 2,000 students showed up, with each getting a chance to shoot a free throw and a half court shot. For each student that stepped into the Kohl Center, Ryan donated a dollar. Making the free throw as worth 10 bucks and hitting a half court shot was worth $1,000.
While the students hit just 504 free throws, hitting less than 25% of their attempts, they managed to knock down 59 half court shots.
“Yesterday we found out my dad is DONE with chemo and ready to start radiation!” Wisconsin student Lexi Mueller wrote on her Instagram. “Today we#ShotDownCancer and gave Bo his very own lime green lymphoma bracelet as he donated over $66,000 in cancer research!! So blessed to go to school at @uwmadison!!!”
Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.
The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.
Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.
Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.
Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.
Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.