NEW ORLEANS | Marcus Denmon has never been one to make excuses, so he darn wasnt about to start making them in the aftermath of a three-point competition.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Denmon, a guard who just capped a terrific senior season at Missouri, fell in the semifinals of the State Farm College 3-point contest Thursday at Tulane University.
I didnt shoot the ball well, Denmon said. I think I shot like seven that went in and out.
And make no mistake about it, Denmon who is extremely competitive absolutely wanted to win the contest, which featured eight of the best shooters in the country.
Denmon survived the first round with a score of 13, but he ended up posting the same score in the semifinals and was eliminated. Northwesterns John Shurna won the event.
Every time it went in and out, it ticked me off, Denmon said. I never got a chance to get in a good rhythm. I didnt even get to finish the last (rack).
Denmon had plenty of support, though. Former Missouri teammate Ricardo Ratliffe who is playing in the NABC All-Star Game on Friday was in attendance. As were a few members of Missouris coaching staff, including Frank Haith, Tim Fuller and Bryan Tibaldi.
I thought he did good, Ratliffe said. This is a hard competition to do. Hes not in the gym working on shooting threes off a rack and being timed he works on taking his time, really making sure hes following through with good mechanics. But to finish on time here, you cant really shoot your normal shot until the end, when you know youve got enough time.
Denmon hinted as much, though he wasnt about to let the result get him down. He said he will judge a high school dunk contest and watch Ratliffe in the All-Star Game Friday.
Its all fun and games, Denmon said. It was a good experience.