Villanova won the 2016 NCAA Tournament last night on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by forward Kris Jenkins, and Jenkins’ shot got the notice of another clutch giant in former Duke star Christian Laettner.
Of course, Laettner took to Twitter after the game and announced that he was passing his “clutch crown” to Jenkins following last night’s Wildcats victory.
— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) April 5, 2016
Laettner hit more than his fair share of clutch shots during his days with the Blue Devils, during which he won two national championships. His most famous was in the 1992 Elite Eight against Kentucky. Dubbed “The Shot,” Laettner hit a game-winning three as time expired to send Duke to the Final Four. Some may even argue it was better since Villanova had 4.7 seconds to get a shot off while Duke had 2.1 seconds remaining in that game.
But the fact remains that Jenkins’ shot is the best of his generation and given how Laettner has been out of the game for a while, best for him to pass the torch.
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