Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted June 12, 2019 at 8:10 am

Long distance 3-point shot comes to NCAA

Not all changes are good, and some may not even matter on down the road, which I believe will be the case with the rule of changing, or extending, the distance of the three-point shot in men’s college basketball.

Beginning with this upcoming season, the three point line for men’s NCAA Division 1 college basketball will be repainted from it’s existing 20 feet, nine inches, to the current international distance of 22 feet, one and three-quarter inches.

An increase of distance from the goal of 16 and three-quarters inches from what we fans – and the players – have become accustomed to since it was last lengthened, expect the change to go relatively unnoticed for the most part when you check the stats and box scores.

There may be a slight reduction in attempts for a season or two simply because those players who were hugging the old line and shooting less than 25 percent, likely won’t be able to take that nearly one and a half foot step backward and make the shot.

In an effort to pad the NCAA Men’s Division II and Division III programs against the expense involved of repainting that line, the extended arc will not go into effect until the 2020-21 season for those programs.

The women’s three point line will remain the same at 20 feet, nine inches, as will the high school line at 19 feet, nine inches.

Venues that host all three levels of play will now show three arcs on the floor.

Local golfers, Robbie’s Foundation tournament is nigh

Had a brief reminder this week from Amy Davis Young about the upcoming scramble to benefit the Robbie Davis Memorial Foundation and it’s goals of helping youth fulfill their dreams.

This year’s tourney will be played on Thursday, August 1, and will again be at Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate golf course.

The four-man, bring your own team, scramble will feature a host of prizes and special features (mulligans, throws, skirts, etc) and a lot of fun for the team fee of $300.

An online auction is also being planned this year from July 1 through August 1.

Check with the Robbie Davis Memorial Foundation Facebook page for more details or to print off a golf tournament team application.

Or contact Mike Davis locally at Davis and Associates Insurance, or Amy Davis via email: amy@emailyoung.com

A separate article in this week’s Clinton County News also gives more information.

Hard to believe Rob has been gone three years now.

Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog, and he was in the truest sense.

In the meantime – let’s take it outside for a few months!