Friday, March 18, 2022

Mahanoy City Native and VCU Head Coach, Mike Rhoades, Nails Half Court Shot

Schuylkill County native and VCU Basketball Head Coach showed off his basketball skills on Wednesday night.

According to ABC7 out of Washington DC, on Wednesday night, at halftime of the Wizards' game against the Denver Nuggets, Rhoades was invited to center court to attempt a half court shot.  If he made it, he won $1,000.

If you didn't already know, Basketball is Rhoades' life.  Rhoades is well known in his hometown of Mahanoy City for his time playing for the Mahanoy Area Golden Bears in high school, then Lebanon Valley College.  

He would later be hired as Bucknell Universities head coach, and eventually move onto Virginia Commonwealth as an assistant coach.  

His coaching career would then take him to Rice University as Head Coach that would lead him to a call back to VCU as head coach where he works today.

VCU is currently participating the National Invitation Tournament after not being selected to participate in the NCAA tournament.

But back to Wednesday night,  Rhoades had to hit a shot for $1,000 from half court.   After numerous attempts throughout the season, no participant had made the shot yet during the Wizards' halftime festivities.

A video from ABC7 shows their reporter Britt Waters asking Rhoades one question before taking the shot, "$1,000 is on the line, are you confident, did you learn from those last misses," to which Rhoades replies "Buckets", and nails the shot and became $1,000 richer.

For the full story from ABC7