Jan 28, 2011
UW-Green Bay’s Eric Valentin Hits 8 Half-Court Shots In 1 Minute (With Video)

See video at the end of the article.

From the moment Eric Valentin walked into Brian Wardle’s office, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach knew there was something special about the 5-foot-4 point guard.

It wasn’t Valentin’s height that struck Wardle, but rather his candor.

“He shook my hand, looked me dead in the eye, and told me who he was and where he was from, Wardle said. He told me what he could bring to the program and he’s held true to everything he’s said.”

A junior walk-on from Daytona State Community College, Valentin is usually the last one off the bench for the Phoenix (11-10, 5-4), which hosts Wright State (13-8, 6-3) in a Horizon League game today at the Resch Center.

However, Valentin’s infectious personality and high-energy play in practice has earned the respect of the Phoenix coaches and his teammates.

After long days of practice, he’s also been known to lighten the mood with his ability to hit off-the-wall baskets, including his penchant for making half-court shots.

While he was at Daytona State last year, Valentin made six half-court shots in a minute after paging through the Guinness Book of World Records and seeing the record was a manageable four, set by New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul.

“I was bored and waiting for my mom to get done with something and just started looking at the sports page and the records for basketball stuff, Valentin said. There were a bunch of ridiculous records in there, but I looked at the basketball one and it only said four. I thought I could probably hit more than four.”

Valentin hit six, but the record eventually fell into the hands of a Washington State student, who made seven last April.

The Phoenix guard took it to a new level a couple weeks ago.

UWGB’s athletic communication office heard of Valentin’s knack for half-courters and approached him about doing a story for the program’s “Inside Phoenix Basketball” show.

With his girlfriend, family members and teammates Kam Cerroni and Daniel Turner on hand, Valentin broke the record with eight after hitting five in the final 18 seconds, including a last-second heave as time expired.

Through Thursday afternoon, the video has more than 1, 200, 000 views while drawing attention from ESPN, Yahoo Sports, AOL Fan House and NBA TV. Even Valentin’s first video at Daytona State has gone from about 900 views to more than 12, 000 on YouTube.

“It was something else, Turner said. But he’s the definition of a team guy. Anything you ask of him, he’s willing to help out. He has so much respect from all of our guys for what he does.”

UWGB has been in contact with Guinness, and if everything works out it could place Valentin in the book for the first time.

It’s provided a great deal of publicity for Phoenix program finding innovative ways to draw more fans to the Resch Center. Tonight’s game will be retro jersey night with players wearing uniforms from the mid-1970s and adult ticket prices lowered to $10.

While Valentin has only played in five of the team’s 19 games, he always draws the loudest ovation when enters the court.

As excited he is about the publicity he’s received, he’s also happy to give back to the program that granted his dream of playing Division I basketball.

“It’s incredible, especially that I can do this for this program, Valentin said. Since I came here and they’ve welcomed me. The guys have been great and the coaches have been wonderful. The fact I can do that for this school is great. Put fans in the seats hopefully and get more fans to come out, watch us and support us.”

UW-Green Bay’s Eric Valentin Hits 8 Half-Court Shots In 1 Minute

Green Bay Press Gazette (Wis.)

See video at the end of the article.

From the moment Eric Valentin walked into Brian Wardle’s office, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach knew there was something special about the 5-foot-4 point guard.

It wasn’t Valentin’s height that struck Wardle, but rather his candor.

“He shook my hand, looked me dead in the eye, and told me who he was and where he was from, Wardle said. He told me what he could bring to the program and he’s held true to everything he’s said.”

A junior walk-on from Daytona State Community College, Valentin is usually the last one off the bench for the Phoenix (11-10, 5-4), which hosts Wright State (13-8, 6-3) in a Horizon League game today at the Resch Center.

However, Valentin’s infectious personality and high-energy play in practice has earned the respect of the Phoenix coaches and his teammates.

After long days of practice, he’s also been known to lighten the mood with his ability to hit off-the-wall baskets, including his penchant for making half-court shots.

While he was at Daytona State last year, Valentin made six half-court shots in a minute after paging through the Guinness Book of World Records and seeing the record was a manageable four, set by New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul.

“I was bored and waiting for my mom to get done with something and just started looking at the sports page and the records for basketball stuff, Valentin said. There were a bunch of ridiculous records in there, but I looked at the basketball one and it only said four. I thought I could probably hit more than four.”

Valentin hit six, but the record eventually fell into the hands of a Washington State student, who made seven last April.

The Phoenix guard took it to a new level a couple weeks ago.

UWGB’s athletic communication office heard of Valentin’s knack for half-courters and approached him about doing a story for the program’s “Inside Phoenix Basketball” show.

With his girlfriend, family members and teammates Kam Cerroni and Daniel Turner on hand, Valentin broke the record with eight after hitting five in the final 18 seconds, including a last-second heave as time expired.

Through Thursday afternoon, the video has more than 1, 200, 000 views while drawing attention from ESPN, Yahoo Sports, AOL Fan House and NBA TV. Even Valentin’s first video at Daytona State has gone from about 900 views to more than 12, 000 on YouTube.

“It was something else, Turner said. But he’s the definition of a team guy. Anything you ask of him, he’s willing to help out. He has so much respect from all of our guys for what he does.”

UWGB has been in contact with Guinness, and if everything works out it could place Valentin in the book for the first time.

It’s provided a great deal of publicity for Phoenix program finding innovative ways to draw more fans to the Resch Center. Tonight’s game will be retro jersey night with players wearing uniforms from the mid-1970s and adult ticket prices lowered to $10.

While Valentin has only played in five of the team’s 19 games, he always draws the loudest ovation when enters the court.

As excited he is about the publicity he’s received, he’s also happy to give back to the program that granted his dream of playing Division I basketball.

“It’s incredible, especially that I can do this for this program, Valentin said. Since I came here and they’ve welcomed me. The guys have been great and the coaches have been wonderful. The fact I can do that for this school is great. Put fans in the seats hopefully and get more fans to come out, watch us and support us.”






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