Thursday, June 18, 2015

Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku is Bringing Back the "Granny Style" Free Throw

Apparently, Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku is resurrecting the "granny style" of free throw shooting.

According to reports form Team USA's U19 camp, Onuaku has been perfecting the shot that was once utilized by former NBA great Rick Barry.

Here is an excerpt from Gazette.com:

It's commonly referred to as "granny style," but Onuaku is no granny. He's a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward. He made less than 46 percent of his free throws during his freshman year with Louisville. Toward the end of the season - prior to the NCAA Tournament - the Cardinals' coach, Rick Pitino, showed Onuaku a video of NBA hall of famer Rick Barry. Barry, who lives in Colorado Springs, made nearly 90 percent of his free throws in his professional career while shooting underhanded.

"He's sacrificing the way it looks for the result," U19 coach Sean Miller said of Onauku. "It says a lot about him."

Though he began practicing the form before his freshman season ended, Onuaku didn't use the underhand style in a Louisville game. If he makes the USA roster, he'll get a chance to unveil the form at the FIBA U19 World Championships on June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion (Crete), Greece.

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Onuaku made the final roster for the USA team that will compete in the upcoming U19 world championships.

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