Mount, Rayl scoffed at the three-point line

I wrote this column before the 1986-87 college basketball season, after the NCAA had instituted a 19-foot-9-inch three-point line. I called two of Indiana’s greatest long-distance shooters, Rick Mount and Jimmy Rayl, for their reaction.

(c) 1986, The Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN. Reprinted by permission

The battle lines have been drawn. And soldiers from wars gone by are snickering.

Nineteen-nine.

It’s college basketball’s mantra this season. Hit a shot from 19 feet, 9 inches, and you get three points instead of two.

Nineteen-nine.

A good high school athlete can long jump that far. Just about anyone, it seems, can throw a ball into a hoop from that far — or should we say near?



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